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Flood map changes anger some in Iberville Parish

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Posted: Jun 10, 2013 5:38 PM by Adrian Pittman
Updated: Jun 10, 2013 6:01 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: fema, flood maps, iberville parish, bayou sorrell, bayou pigeon

IBERVILLE PARISH- New FEMA flood maps add more than a thousand people in Iberville Parish to flood zones.

Folks living the Bayou Sorrell and Bayou Pigeon areas were added to the flood maps. Residents received a letter in the mail notifying them of the revisions, and some weren't happy.

"it's very displeasing to know there's a small possibility of a flood here, and now more money is going to be put upon us with no say," said Trevor Endres.

FEMA began evaluating the flood elevation maps after hurricanes Katrina and Rita caused severe flooding in the state. Being under the flood zones could require homeowners with mortgages to purchase flood insurance, and existing rates could go up by 20 percent.

Louisiana's congressional delegation is working to keep flood insurance rates low, and parish officials filed a lawsuit against FEMA disputing the map changes. If denied, the parish will have until Nov. 6 to adopt the changes.

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