Vitter urges FEMA to meet with parish presidents concerning flood maps

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) recently urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to meet with Louisiana parish presidents about the flood mapping process.

FEMA Associate Administrator David Miller recently accepted an invitation to visit Louisiana on August 8 and 9.

In a letter to Miller, Vitter said he would greatly benefit from meeting with parish presidents of the "Parishes Against Coastal Erosion (PACE)" coalition while in Louisiana.

"FEMA is currently struggling with how to give proper credit to all flood control features and meeting with local officials with a tremendous amount of experience will greatly benefit you and your team," Vitter said. "We need to make sure that all new maps are 100 percent accurate and properly credit every levee and flood control feature so people who have been following the rules aren't priced out of their homes because flood insurance rates increase so dramatically."

Vitter called on FEMA July 10 to rescind flawed flood maps or risk repeating the mistake of publishing incomplete maps with inaccurate information, leading to misleading estimates about future flood insurance rates and possibly improper rates.