Jul 16, 2013 3:28 PM by Ian Auzenne
The FEMA administrator who oversees the federal flood insurance program will visit Louisiana next month after four of the state's congressman requested he see firsthand how flood insurance rate hikes would affect residents.
Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, announced today his office received confirmation that David Miller, FEMA's associate administrator in charge of the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, will tour parts of the state on August 8.
The visit comes on the heels of a June 4 letter sent to FEMA by Cassidy, Rep. Charles Boustany (R-Lafayette), Rep. Steve Scalise (R-Jefferson), and Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-Quitman) asking that agency heads visit with coastal residents to learn how implementing the Biggart-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act would affect residents.
According to the letter, implementing Biggart-Waters would cause flood insurance rates to skyrocket, forcing many homeowners to drop their flood insurance plans.