JENNINGS, LA (KPLC) - Jefferson Davis Parish property owners without flood insurance are encouraged to buy coverage now to get the best possible premiums before new flood insurance rate maps go into effect on July 22, 2010.
FEMA has been working with Congress since 2003 to create new flood maps for all parishes in Louisiana.
The new flood maps are based on several different factors which include rainfall, improvements to draining and pumping systems, settlement issues, and development improvements.
The last flood map created for Jeff Davis Parish dates all the way back to July 15, 1988.
"They have better technology now to create a more accurate map," said Sherwin LeFranc, the floodplain administrator for Jeff Davis Parish.
As a result of the revised flood map, more residents may now be living in a more hazardous flood zone area.
"Some home owners are going to a non-special flood area to a special flood hazard area. When they go into a special flood hazard area, the requirement to carry flood insurance is mandated by loan programs," said Wayne Berggren, NFIP Supervisor for FEMA's Louisiana Recovery Office.
Officials said that there are ways to save on money when it comes to premiums, however.
"If they purchase flood insurance by July 22, they will be grand fathered in for at least 2 years," said Berggren.
If you are concerned about whether or not your home now lies in a special flood hazard zone, you are encouraged to contact the floodplain administrator's office at (337) 824-6290.
Here are some other Flood Plain Manager Contacts:
Elton, LA – Mayor, Cathy Hollingsworth & Ramona LeMelle
Village of Fenton, LA – Town Clerk Marella Hubachek & Mayor Eddie Alfred, Jr.
City of Jennings, LA – City Inspector Gilbert Pitre
Lake Arthur, LA – Cindy Mallet
Welsh, LA – Linda LeBlanc