Flood Insurance and Flood Risk Maps for New Orleans Area

Patricia Skinner, Attaway, Denise  |  7/11/2007 1:29:16 AM

FEMA presented Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) to five New Orleans area parishes on November 9, 2012.  New maps have been provided to Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard and St. Charles parishes.

FEMA and the parish governments are conducting open houses for stakeholders and the public during the last two weeks of March, 2013.

View the FEMA announcement with times and location details.  The November 2012 maps will not be the effective Flood Insurance Rate Maps for these jurisdictions until they have been adopted by the individual parishes. However, the flood zones and elevations designated for the hundred-year flood must be used for recovery and rebuilding projects when FEMA mitigation funds are being used for construction.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released flooding risk maps for the New Orleans area and Plaquemines area in summer 2007. These maps show where flooding can be expected to occur, and in what depths, during future hurricanes, given the conditions of the levees and pumps systems at that time.

Click here to view the maps on the Corps web site and learn more about why they were developed.
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