FEMA flood insurance

Jessica Rosgaard / WWNO

It’s Friday and time for the Coastal News Roundup - this week, a look at how changes to the National Flood Insurance Program could impact Louisianians.

WWNO’s Tegan Wendland talked with Caitlin Berni, a policy expert and consultant on GNO Inc.’s Coalition for Sustainable Flood Insurance. She gave a presentation on the issue to the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority this week.

 

Louisiana's Severe Repetitive Loss Problem

Oct 5, 2017

Properties that flood over and over again are a longstanding problem for FEMA and the National Flood Insurance Program. Around 30,000 of the most frequently flooded homes in the country make up less than a percent of the total insured pool, but pull down around 10 percent of total claim dollars.

Orleans Parish is seeing its flood maps updated for the first time since 1984 today. More than half of the city is moving out of the so-called “high risk” zone—this comes with lower flood insurance rates, which many are celebrating. But in June, Tulane historian Andy Horowitz penned a controversial op-ed in the New York Times. He called these maps an “outline for disaster.” WWNO’s Ryan Kailath sat down with Horowitz this week to discuss.