Gov. Edwards talks with local leaders about flood recovery

Gov. Edwards talks with local leaders about flood recovery

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Local and parish leaders from flood-damaged areas had a chance to take their concerns about storm recovery directly to the governor Wednesday afternoon. Gov. John Bel Edwards held a town-hall style meeting at the Capitol.

Denham Springs Mayor Gerard Landry said he still has concerns about flood mitigation going forward.

About 90 percent of homes across his city took on water during the flood. In some cases, they saw several feet of water.

Landry said he is worried that if rules are made requiring homes to be elevated, the cost of doing so could wipe out whole communities and force residents to move.

Still there was some good news about flood insurance.

"The current flood maps as they are will remain the same, which is encouraging for all of us that have to worry about flood insurance and premiums moving forward," Landry said.

Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden said many local leaders told the governor they worried about the FEMA mobile homes and the rules over where they can be located.

FEMA already has rules preventing the mobile homes from being placed in flood zones. The question remains, however, whether local ordinances can also limit where they go.

"They're concerned about what regulations they must follow, how can they make sure they're not entering into something that might be bad later on for their communities, and then how do we move forward in a way where we both understand our points of view and make things work out for everyone," Holden said.

In EBR, Holden said the discussion is centered on where to put debris so that it does not negatively impact nearby communities.

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