New FEMA flood maps could mean insurance savings for N.O. homeowners

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – FEMA will be at New Orleans City Hall Friday, Aug. 26, to give updates on flood insurance more affordable rates.

According to a news release from City Hall, FEMA will release its new Flood Insurance Rate Maps Sept. 30.

The city says more than 53 percent of properties in New Orleans have been removed from Special Flood Hazard Areas because of significant drainage and flood protection improvements.

FEMA will hold a flood insurance workshop for the public from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at City Hall.

“FEMA’s new flood maps for New Orleans will make a huge difference for our residents, potentially saving hundreds of thousands of dollars on flood insurance,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. “The major flood in Louisiana this week should be a reminder to everyone that weather events can strike anyone, even those who have never flooded before. Property owners are encouraged to do everything they can to protect themselves from a catastrophic loss like a flood, including purchasing flood insurance. This workshop is a great opportunity to learn more about the new flood maps.”