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DETAILS, COMING UP. 3 LIVE! YOU’RE WATCHING FOX 44 3 GOOD EVENING, I’M LAUREN MCCOY. 3 AND I’M CHAD SABADIE.THANK YOU FOR JOINING US FOR FOX 44 NEWS FIRST AT NINE. 3 3 MORE THAN 12-HUNDRED HOMEOWNERS IN ASCENSION PARISH COULD SEE THEIR FLOOD INSURANCE RATES DROP.BUT OTHERS COULD ALSO SEE THEM RISE. FOX 44’S TISIA MUZINGA JOINS US NOW TO EXPLAIN THE REASONS BEHIND THE CHANGES. TISIA? 3 LAUREN, PARISH LEADERS SAY FEMA IS MAKING CHANGES TO ITS FLOOD MAP IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE PARISH AND THOSE CHANGES COULD MAKE MORE THAN 3-HUNDRED PROPERTIES MOVE INTO HIGHER RISK RATINGS. 3 bayou conway bayou boil panama canalTHOSE ARE THREE WATERWAYS LOCATED SOUTH OF GONZALES. ASCENSION PARISH LEADERS PERFORMED DRAINAGE ANALYSIS AND MARTIN MCCONNELL WITH THE ASCENSION PARISH GOVERNMENT SAYS THAT’S WHEN THEY NOTICED SOMETHING WAS OFF. THE FEMA FLOOD MAPS WEREN’T ACCURATE WHICH FORCED THEM TO RE-DO THEIR STUDIES AND GET BETTER RESULTS.MARTIN MCCONNELL: “and they…changed the maps..they changed the flood maps and they changed the designation.”NOW THERE ARE FLOOD ZONES A-E AND A MEAN THEY ARE FLOOD ZONES.DUE TO THESE CHANGES.MORE THAN 12- HUNDRED HOMEOWNERS COULD SEE FLOOD INSURANCE RATES DROP..WHILE HUNDREDS MORE COULD SEE THEIR RATES RISE. WE’RE TALKING MORE THAN 300 PROPERTIES.MCCONNELL: “those people will be negatively impacted…meaning they were not in a flood zone now suddenly they will be.” “Currently they are in the x zone if they purchase flood insurance now while they are in the x zone they get it at that good rate.”REPORTS SHOW MORE THAN 15-THOUSAND HOUSES AND BUSINESSES FLOODED IN ASCENSION PARISH DURING THE HISTORIC FLOODS. AND THE “VALUE PENGUIN” SHOWS RESIDENTS IN ASCENSION PARISH CAN PAY AN AVERAGE OF 600 DOLLARS A YEAR FOR FLOOD INSURANCESO NOW THAT THERE ARE CHANGES BEING MADE…IT’S TIME FOR RESIDENTS TO ACT NOW. HURRICANE SEASON IS JUST SEVERAL MONTHS AWAY.MCCONNELL: “if you live in south louisiana you really should have flood insurance period.” 3 PARISH LEADERS PLAN TO ADDRESS P-M 3 3 SOME DEVELOPING NEWS TONIGHT, PROPONENTS OF THE DEATH PENALTY IN LOUISIANA SAY THE RUNNING BACKLOG OF EXECUTIONS IS GETTING IN THE WAY OF

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