Flood insurance chief visits La.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The head of the National Flood Insurance Program took a helicopter ride over Lafourche Parish's levee system while touring Louisiana's flood protection infrastructure. The parish is among 25 systems in a national pilot program using levee analysis to help determine flood risk.

David Miller's visit comes as members of the congressional delegation fight the possibility of skyrocketing flood insurance premiums. At issue are homeowners with "grandfathered" lower rates because they met rules in place when they bought or built homes.

Under a bipartisan overhaul of the program last year, many face higher premiums when new flood maps are issued.

Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu and a likely challenger in her re-election bid next year, Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy of Baton Rouge, both are set to attend a news conference with Miller.

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