Parish leaders fight FEMA flood insurance changes

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WWL-TV) - FEMA's flood insurance rates will be getting a big fight from some Louisiana leaders ahead of hurricane season.

WWL-TV reports government and business leaders from 14 parishes are in Washington, DC to express opposition to the rate maps and reform law.

"I hope my amendment will pass and we can stop these rate increases and go back to the drawing boards and figure out how to make the program solvent without putting the burden on the backs of families and businesses in our state," said Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-LA.

The flood insurance reform law took effect last July and officials say new flood insurance maps may financially cripple areas that have never flooded.

Landrieu said it could mean rate hikes of 15 percent to 20 percent each year.

Some of the parishes include St. Tammany, St. Mary, Lafourche, St. James and Jefferson.

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