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New flood maps could cost Livingston Parish residents

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Posted: Feb 27, 2012 8:24 PM by Kristy Davis
Updated: Feb 27, 2012 10:30 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Livingston Parish Flood maps, Livingston Parish, Flood maps, Denham Springs, Denham Springs flood maps

New flood maps in Livingston parish mean insurance policies could be changing. The flood maps can be difficult to read and understand. That's why those in charge of mapping things out want people to call for the information as soon as possible. Denham springs flood manager Rick Foster says the changes have more to do with development than real change to the land.
"[Surveyors] take what they have, a certain amount of development that's actually gone on in this city. And they use models to formulate what those elevations should be." Foster Told News 2.

It's tricky for homeowners who may have built to the specification of the 2001 maps. But even residents who've lived out of the waters way for decades could see themselves going under in a perfect storm.

"We get another flood like 83, another amount of rain hit like 83 did, it could be 10 times worse with the same amount of water." Said Foster.

All of Livingston parish has new maps. And not acting could cost you. People living in flood zones, especially new ones have to get what's called the preferred premium insurance.
Getting it by April 3rd will save money.

Other cities across Livingston parish will have their own open houses to give people information on where they fall on the flood map.

To check you're area you can go to www.msc.fema.gov
Or call your local permitting office and they'll have the right information.

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