JEFFERSON PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Jefferson Parish has new FEMA flood insurance rate maps for the first time in more than 20 years.
The Yenni Administration announced the changes are effective for flood insurance rates as of Friday, Feb. 2.
The parish is urging residents and business owners to speak with an insurance agent.
Individuals can also visit www.jeffparish.net/flood to determine your flood zone, watch informational videos, or request a flood zone determination.
If you are in Zone X, which is considered moderate risk, you may be eligible for a low cost preferred risk policy if you have zero flood claims or one claim associated with your property.
If you are in Zone AE, which is high risk, you may want to consider contacting a licensed land surveyor for an elevation certificate as it may help to reduce your flood insurance premium.