FEMA releases new flood maps

New Orleans, La. - A look at new maps can give you an idea if what you pay for flood insurance will skyrocket.

FEMA released updated preliminary flood maps Thursday that can give you a better idea of your risk for suffering from a flood (click here to see those).

The federal subsidy flood insurance has gone away because of the federal Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act. That means nearly 500,000 home and business owners in the state could be forced to pay higher, market rates.

"As we work together with our state and local partners to bring this critical information to the five parishes, we ask that everyone review the maps to understand what flood risks are involved," said FEMA R6 Administrator Tony Robinson. "The role of the community as an active partner in the flood mapping process is very important."

FEMA says it could be months before the maps are finalized. It will begin a series of public meetings next week designed to help people make sense of the new information.

Orleans Parish

Monday, Mar. 18

Pavilion of Two Sisters
New Orleans City Park
1 Palm Dr New Orleans, LA 70124
2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Jefferson Parish

Tuesday, Mar. 19

Terrytown Playground
641 Heritage Avenue
Terrytown, La 70056
2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Jefferson Parish

Wednesday, Mar. 20

Lafreniere Park Foundation Center
3000 Downs Blvd
Metairie, LA 70003
2 p.m. – 7 pm.

St. Charles Parish

Monday, Mar. 25

RK Smith Middle School
281 Sugarland Pkwy
Luling, LA 70070
2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

St. Bernard Parish

Tuesday, Mar. 26

St. Bernard Civic Ctr
8245 W. Judge Perez Dr
Chalmette, LA 70043
2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Plaquemines Parish

Wednesday, Mar. 27

Belle Chasse Auditorium
8398 Hwy 23
Belle Chasse, LA 70037
2 p.m. – 7 p.m.