Communities: Know the Risk

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What's Next on the Path?

  • Revised Preliminary Maps Issued

FEMA released preliminary Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRM) for all of Jefferson Parish on October 30, 2008. Recently, FEMA has partnered with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer (USACE) to determine the flood risk in and around the Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System (HSDRRS) in order to update the portion of the 2008 preliminary DFIRMs in the vicinity of the levee system.

FEMA released revised preliminary DFIRMs for Jefferson Parish. The flood risk depicted on the revised preliminary DFIRM maps incorporate the HSDRRS improvements completed by the USACE and constructed local drainage system improvements that assist in the conveyance of flood water within your community. The updated flood risk information provided through the preliminary DFIRMs will provide the communities, residents and business owners within Jefferson Parish more precise information about the flood risk they face, allowing them to make more informed decisions to reduce their personal risk to life and property.

Communities within Jefferson Parish can review areas prone to flooding during the 1-percent-annual-chance storm event by reviewing the preliminary DFIRMs. The flood hazard areas depict the areas prone to coastal storm surge, river flooding, and rainfall events and illustrate the complex network of canals, levees, pumping stations and closure structure in operation during an event of that magnitude. With the complex nature of the systems within Jefferson Parish, residents and business owners should look to the DFIRM maps to understand the possibility of flooding within their vicinity.

Flood Risks Are Changing In Jefferson Parish, LA. Be Prepared When Clients Call

Insurance Workshops

To help Flood Insurance Agents better understand where the changes are occurring on the new flood maps, more about the Newly Mapped Procedure and Grandfather rating options, Policy Conversion and retaining customers whose risk is reduced, impacts of reform legislation and upcoming changes to the NFIP, and using new tools and resources to assist you, Jefferson Parish has partnered with FEMA to hold two Insurance Workshops (East and West Bank).  This information is also valuable to Real Estate professionals, lenders, builders, and surveyors.

There is no charge for these workshops and we encourage you to share information about these events with other flood insurance agents, lenders, surveyors, builders and real estate professionals.  Space is limited, so mark your calendar and click the registration link below the Insurance Workshop you desire to attend:

March 14 (Monday), from 1-3 p.m. at East Bank Council Chambers, Yenni Building (2nd floor), 1221 Elmwood Park Blvd, Jefferson, LA, 70123.  Register to attend this Workshop at:

March 29 (Tuesday), from 10 a.m. - Noon at West Bank Council Chambers, General Government Building (2nd floor), 200 Derbigny St., Gretna, LA  70053.  Register to attend this Workshop at:

Your clients will view you as an important resource to accurately explain their changing flood risks.  So, plan to attend one of these important Workshops to become better prepared when your clients call.  For more information about flood insurance, visit

 Flood Risk Open Houses in Jefferson Parish, LA

Jefferson Parish will host three Flood Risk Open Houses to allow residents and business owners to view the new revised preliminary flood maps for Jefferson Parish and determine if and how their flood risk has changed. 

Tell your clients about the Flood Risk Open Houses happening in their area:

March 15th (Tuesday) at the East Bank Regional Library located at 4747 W Napoleon Ave, Metairie, LA 70001. The hours are from 10:00 AM-7:00 p.m.

March 23rd (Wednesday) at the Marrero Community Center located at 1861 Ames Blvd, Marrero, LA 70072. The hours will be from 10:00 AM-4:00 p.m.

March 30th (Wednesday) at the Mel Ott Recreation Center located at 2301 Belle Chasse Hwy, Gretna, LA 70053. The hours will be from 2:00-7:00 p.m.


For more helpful information, look under Resources and Related Links.

For mapping questions, contact the FEMA Mapping Information eXchange (FMIX) – 1-877-336-2627.