Iberville flood insurance map still being contested

Staff reports

Iberville Parish still does not have a decision from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on a new Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map that will tell residents whether they are in a flood zone and need to buy insurance, parish Environmental and Permits Manager John J. Clark said Monday.

Parish officials disagreed with some of the technology FEMA used to develop a new flood map and are contesting it, Clark said.

“It appears it might be coming to a head,” he said. “We're waiting to set up a meeting between FEMA, the parish and our engineers.”

Not having a decision makes it hard for Iberville residents to determine whether to buy flood insurance, Clark said.

“It puts you at a standstill because you don't know if you're in a flood zone or not