Jefferson Parish property owners can begin reviewing FEMA's latest proposed flood insurance rate maps for the parish today.
The first of four open houses that the parish is hosting so citizens can review the maps is underway until 8pm at Delta Playground, Room #3, 8301 W. Metairie Avenue, in Metairie.
Parish President John Young tells 99.5FM the impacts of the maps are more beneficial than detrimental for the parish as a whole. He says the maps reduce the flood risk for about 48,000 properties but increase the flood risk for about 5,200, which could impact insurance costs, depending on the flood risk.
"Some people are gonna be adversely impacted. We want them to one, know about that and two, help them and be able to assist them in appealing and commenting on that," Young said.
Property owners will be able to view the maps on computers set up at the open house.
"And we're gonna have the LSU Ag Center, FEMA, UNO Chart, also assisting with computer setups, to assist our citizens when they come in and educate them about what impact it will have on their specific homes and properties," Young said.
The 90-day comment and appeal period for the proposed maps will end on September 30, 2013.
Comment forms will be available at the open houses for individuals who'd like to appeal or protest the proposed map for their area.
Young says it's "extremely important" for residents to attend these open houses.