Posted: Sep 22, 2011 10:14 PM by Maddie Garrett
Updated: Sep 22, 2011 10:23 PM
FEMA released new flood maps Thursday, which have been in the making since February 2008. And now Lafayette Consolidated Government has accepted the revised maps.
Thursday from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm residents were invited to attend an open house at the Southside Public Library to view the maps and see if their home is at risk. LCG engineers were on hand to discuss the new flood elevations with residents, and flood insurance agents were also there to offer advice and flood coverage.
LCG engineers pointed out residents in the Anselm Coulee drainage basin and parts of the Isaac Verot drainage basin area are particularly affected. Once these maps are officially adopted, they will serve as the basis for the Lafayette Parish's flood plain management.
Engineers said there are some significant changes to flood elevations and that means some residents will need to pick up flood insurance. But Public Works Engineer Mark Levergne noted there is a silver lining if you act quickly.
"The good news is, if say you're not in a flood zone today, but you will be in a flood zone when the maps are finally adopted, if you get flood insurance today you will be grandfathered in at the better rate," said Lavergne.