Map revisions in Mandeville could mean lower flood premiums


REPORTER HEATH ALLEN TELLS US, MANY WILL SEE THEIR FLOOD INSURANCE RATES GO DOWN.>>AMAZED. THAT’S REALLY GREAT NEWS. I AM THRILLED WITH THAT. I DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT IT UNTIL YOU JUST LET ME KNOW. HEATH: A LITTLE GOOD NEWS FOR CLINT AND BISQUIT OUT FOR A STROLL. FEMA’S REVISED THEIR FLOOD INSURANCE RATE MAP, FOR AN AREA BASICALLY BOUNDED BY JUST ABOV MUNRO STREET TO THE NORTH ST. TO , — MUNRO STREET TO THE NORTH, ADAIR STREET TO THE EAST. . CHASE COURT TO THE WEST, AND LAKESHORE TO THE SOUTH. THE REVISIONS WENT INTO EFFECT THURSDAY.>>SO WHAT WE ARE REALLY WANT TO DO IS GET THE WORD OUT TO EVERYONE. HEATH: THE REVISIONS ADJUST WHAT ARE CALLED A VELOCITY ZONES, AREAS LIKELY TO BE HIT THE HARDEST BY WIND AND WAVES DURING A STORM.>>IT MOVES IT BACK HERE TO RIGHT WHERE, YOU KNOW, THIS MIGHT BE THE VELOCITY ZONE RIGHT HERE INSTEAD OF ON THE OTHER SIDE OF LAKESHORE DRIVE. HEATH: THE CITY SAYS THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE PROPERTIES WITHIN THE AREA WILL EITHER SEE A DECREASE IN BASE FLOOD ELEVATION OR A ZONE CHANGE EFFECTIVELY DECREASING PREMIUMS.>>WE HAVE STRUCTURES THAT IF THEY WERE BUILT TODAY, INSTEAD OF BEING AT 14 FEET, THEY WOULD ONLY BE AT 12 FEET.>>BASICALLY THEY MOVED ME FROM AN AE TO A V, WHICH IS VIOLENT, WHICH MEANS WAVE ACTION. HEATH: NOTIFIED LAST YEAR THAT THE CHANGE WAS COMING AND ALREADY ARMED WITH FLOOD INSURANCE. JASON MATLOCK CONTINUED HIS CONSTRUCTION PLANS, RATHER THAN RE-ENGINEER FOR THE V DESIGNATION. YOU SEE, OTHER CHANGES ARE IN THE WORKS, INCLUDING A LAND BRIDGE CONNECTING LAKESHORE TO SUNSET THAT WOULD PROTECT POINT. RESIDENTS LIKE JASON.>>WHEN THEY DO BUILD IT, THEN THEY’LL PETITION FEMA, AND THEY SHOULD GET IT, AND CHANGE THE FLOOD ZONE BACK TO AN AE.>>WE WOULD AGAIN BE ABLE TO GO BACK TO FEMA AND ASK FOR A MODIFICATION TO GET THEM OUT OF A VELOCITY ZON HEAT FOR NOW, VILLERE URGES RESIDENTS IN THE AREA TO CALL TO THEIR INSURANCE AGENT AND SEE IF THEIR FLOOD INSURANCE RATE GOES DOWN.>>I’M GOING TO PUT THIS LEASH AWAY AND PICK UP THE PHONE AND CALL MY INSURANCE AGENT RIGHT

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