Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Revised Flood Maps for Portions of Lafayette Parish, Louisiana

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DENTON, Texas – Revised Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate maps are ready for review by residents and business owners in the cities of Broussard, Youngsville, and unincorporated areas of Lafayette Parish. 

The maps were developed by a team of local, state and federal government officials,
and they will help residents decide whether they need to buy flood insurance. Additionally, the flood maps allow residents and community leaders to make informed decisions about future building and development.

The public has an opportunity to submit comments and appeals on the new rate maps until December 12, 2017.  

Appeals are formal objections to proposed base flood elevations or flood depths. They can also be made to Special Flood Hazard Areas boundaries and zones, or floodways. Appeals must be based on technical data showing proposed maps to be scientifically incorrect. Anyone making an appeal must include the method, data and analysis used to support the claim. 

Comments are objections to a base map feature change such as labels, incorrect roads or jurisdictional boundaries. The public can send comments and appeals to their local floodplain administrator, who will forward them to FEMA for final resolution.

To see the revised flood maps, please contact the local floodplain administrator. Residents can also visit
http://maps.riskmap6.com/LA/Lafayette/. An online live flood map chat service is available at go.usa.gov/r6C. To contact a FEMA map specialist, call 1-877-FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627), or send an email to FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com.

The next step is the resolution of all the comments and appeals. When that is complete, FEMA will notify communities of the effective date of the final maps.

Residents who learn that they need flood insurance protection can get it  through the National Flood Insurance Program. A local insurance agent can help residents navigate the process. For more information on the National Flood Insurance Program, contact the NFIP Call Center at 1-800-621-3362, Option #2.         
 

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