NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Later this month, New Orleans city leaders and FEMA will be on hand to provide residents with new information about how the new flood maps will impact them. The new map will affect approximately 85,000 policies in New Orleans. As of September 2015, the average flood insurance policy was $961. Flood insurance zones for many homeowners would change from "special flood hazard areas" to "non-hazard areas," which in turn means lower premiums.
"FEMA's new flood maps for New Orleans will make a huge difference for our residents, potentially saving hundreds of thousands of dollars on flood insurance," Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. "But recent flooding in Louisiana should be a reminder to everyone that weather events can strike anyone, even those who have never flooded before. Property owners are encouraged to do everything they can to protect themselves from a catastrophic loss like a flood, including purchasing flood insurance."
According to a press release, the insurance workshop isn't until Sept. 15, but residents and other property owners who would like to attend should register in advance due to limited seating. You can register by clicking here. The workshop will also be broadcast live on NOA-TV for residents unable to attend.
FEMA will finalize the maps on Sept. 30, 2016. Residents can view information about their property by navigating to their state, parish and local address. The maps are available for viewing online at maps.riskmap6.com.