|NEW FLOOD INSURANCE RATE MAPS PROPOSED BY FEMA|
Public Open House scheduled March 26th from 2-7 p.m.
The Federal emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released proposed changes to the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) for St. Bernard Parish for public comments. These proposed changes were issued preliminary to St. Bernard Parish. The proposed FIRMs indicate flood-prone areas in the parish. Insurance companies use FIRMs to determine flood insurance rates for buildings and contents. Everyone is encouraged to know their flood risk.
St. Bernard Parish will hold a public workshop on the proposed changes to the FIRM at The Open House scheduled to view the proposed Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) at the Sigur Civic Center, located at 8245 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette from 2:00 until 7:00 p.m. Using the interactive maps online at this open house, representatives from the State and parish, as well as FEMA and their mapping partners, will be available to answer floodplain and flood insurance questions.
Flooding is the number one natural disaster in the United States; it is vital that property owners understand their risk and take advantage of tools or programs available to them, including flood insurance. The proposed maps are an update of the existing FIRM. The firm and the associated Flood Insurance Study (FIS) are the basis for the floodplain management measures. St. Bernard Parish is required to have in effect in order to remain eligible for participation in the National Insurance Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
As a result of these map changes, some buildings in St. Bernard Parish may, for the first time, be included in a high-risk flood zone, known as the Special Flood Hazard Area. This may result in those affected homeowners being required to purchase flood insurance. Residents or business owners with questions can visit www.RiskMAP6.com or call 504-278-4310.