St. Charles Herald-Guide

FEMA letter touts low cost of flood insurance

By Kyle Barnett - May 24, 2013

The Federal Emergency Management Agency sent out a letter to local residents asking them to renew their flood insurance rates, touting the low cost.

The letter reads in part: "When you compare the average cost of flood insurance (hundreds of dollars) to the potential devastation from flooding (tens of thousands of dollars), the choice should be an easy one."

Juanita Guidry, a resident of Bayou Gauche, said she was infuriated when she received the letter.

"They quoted me at between $18,000 and $20,000 and then they send this out," she said. "Itís like a slap in the face."

Bayou Gauche is located within the Sunset Drainage District levee, which is not being recognized by FEMA for the first time in its nearly 100 years of existence under the proposed 2012 FEMA map.

FEMA refused to release a public comment on the issue.

However, it does appear that the flood insurance rates are based on the current, effective flood insurance rate map and not preliminary or proposed maps, such as the 2012 map.

FEMA letter touts low cost of flood insurance