Posted: Mar 8, 2011 10:54 PM
Updated: Mar 8, 2011 10:54 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Homeowners, renters and business owners in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana are encouraged to look over newly released preliminary flood maps in order to determine their flood risks and make informed decisions about how they can protect life and property.
East Baton Rouge Parish officials and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are presenting the preliminary maps to communities in order to help leaders and residents identify known flood risks and use that information to make decisions about buying flood insurance and how the community should move forward with any development.
The East Baton Rouge Parish remapping effort focuses on the North Branch Wards Creek, Shoe Creek and tributaries, Redwood Creek and the Upper White Bayou. "As we work together with our state and local partners to bring this critical information to the county, we ask that everyone review the maps to understand what flood risks are involved," said Region 6 Administrator Tony Russell. "The role of the community as an active partner in the flood mapping process is very important."
To contact a FEMA Map Specialist, call 1-877-FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627).