Jul 20, 2010 1:40 PM by Veronica White

New Flood Zone Maps Several Parishes

Some Acadiana parishes, including St. Landry, St. Martin and Jeff Davis have new flood zone maps this year, just in time for the peak of hurricane season.

Homeowners who need flood insurance should take a look at the maps to avoid paying a higher price in a few weeks.

Diane Meche from Arnaudville says around her area flooding is getting worse.

"Across the street from me you can't even see the grass, and that's just with a heavy rain; now with hurricanes it was awful-there was water everywhere," she says.

St. Landry Parish's maps go into effect August 5th.

These are the biggest flood zone changes in 30 years, all after research and new computer technology allowed for a closer look.

"It gives you much better detail of the risk, and that's the crux of the change. We want folks to know what the risk is of flooding in their area," says Ronnie Simpson from FEMA mitigation.

One of the changes: some of the areas along Highway 93 in Grand Coteau and Arnaudville are in flood zones for the first time.

"If you buy flood insurance before (August 5th), you'll be grandfathered in. Your rate will be less for a couple of years," says Ronnie Simpson.

This year, locals like Diane are looking for flood insurance for the first time.

"That's what I need to do is check the maps because the minute you go for insurance they're going to ask you where you are," she says.

You can see the maps by going to your parish permit office.

They will also be available online soon on the LSU Ag Center website.



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