The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is expected to change the flood map in Louisiana that will decrease the quantity of land that will be referred to as flood zones in Lafayette Parish.
The first update to the flood map for the parish in Louisiana was in 1996. FEMA has announced that a final version of the map has been developed, but that it is not yet available for release. According to officials from the city-parish, it is expected that the map will become available to them within the next few weeks and that there is a possibility that it will be set into place before 2011 comes to a close.
It is expected that this new final version of the map will show a number of changes when compared to the last one, but it is the reduction in the flood zones of some areas that is drawing the attention. This is because it will be making large segments of land both vacant and available for development, though that would likely be a challenging process considering their previous designation.
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The FEMA map is used by insurers in order to determine rates for flood insurance, as well as to set the safe elevations for new building constructions within the flood zones. It is also utilized for the regulation of development so that the impact of flooding can be kept to a minimum.
According to the initial information released by FEMA about the new flood zones, a number of communities will likely see a decrease in the amount of their land that is designated to be within a flood zone.