A regional paper recently declared in a widely shared article that as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) wraps up their updated flood insurance rate map process, a local town is “slowly dying,” but that’s not how the community sees it.
The updated mapping process has been an ongoing battle for several years.
In 2004, with fundraising efforts, the village was able to have the levee accredited. But in 2005, with Hurricane Katrina, FEMA changed their policies and the accreditation soon became provisional.
In an informational meeting held in 2016, FEMA representatives noted that the levee was provisionally approved for accreditation in 2007 and the accreditation was submitted in 2009. In 2010, FEMA noted there was data missing to complete the accreditation. By 2012 they said they still had not received the missing data and began to discuss de-accreditation.
The de-accreditation process started with hazard analysis and updated mapping in 2017. But the mapping process was slow and allowed time for the village to try to have studies completed on the levee and make necessary repairs.
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