Apr. 30—The Federal Emergency Management Agency has
But, in a terse general statement Friday, Mayor-President
Instead, she said she will ask the parish's congressional delegation to help find relief from the federal guidelines or money to bring the homes into compliance.
"As mayor-president and as a citizen whose home flooded, I know many of our citizens did the best they could to repair their damaged homes and make them livable dwellings again," she said. "As a result, I will not be issuing letters at this time."
"I have confidence we will find an amicable solution to this matter," she added.
Her statement comes just a few days after
If they didn't take those steps, or at least show intentions to, property owners would be barred from securing permits for renovations or other major work on their homes, according to
Broome's statement Friday was less specific about what led to more than 1,000 homeowners in her parish to "fall into this unfortunate category identified by
She did, however, obliquely reference problems that came to light in
In fact, they said, of all the local governments affected by the 2016 floods, only
"They were both in the same exact situation,"
"The other communities did not have these issues," they added. "And, just like with
Damage assessment shortfalls uncovered in
During the visits in
That finding triggers a requirement for those homes to fortify against future floods and, in the process, lower costs for the taxpayer-financed insurance program. Often, those protections entail elevating the home or accepting buyouts.
A separate post-flood audit in
It's unclear how long
In the months after the 2016 flood, damage determinations became a major concern for tens of thousands of residents, prompting emotional appeals from homeowners who feared the "substantial damage" designation would force them into costly home elevations or demolitions.
Some parishes, including
In Ascension, officials faced similar complaints about damage determinations.
A few years later, however, Ascension performed well on its
Seriously damaged homes in
A 100-year flood — the statistical estimate considered a benchmark in engineering, banking and insurance realms — has a 1% chance of happening in a given year and a 26% chance of occurring in the span of a 30-year mortgage.
Homes with mortgages that lie below the base flood elevation must have flood insurance.
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