New Orleans, LA

City announces FEMA Home Elevation Awards to reduce flooding risk

Curtis Macken

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NEW ORLEANS, LA — The Hazard Mitigation Office, part of the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, announced two FEMA Flood Mitigation Assistance, or FMA awards totaling $11.6 million on June 28.

The funds will be used to elevate 49 pre-identified homes in New Orleans that have experienced repeated and severe flooding.

The city’s Hazard Mitigation Office applied for FMA funds on behalf of Orleans Parish homeowners whose structures have suffered severe and repeated flood damage.

These properties will join the more than 200 structures that have received elevation funding from the city since 2017 as part of the city’s effort to reduce the risk of property damage from future flood events.

The homes are located across the city, including in Broadmoor, Gentilly, Lakeview, Mid City, the Ninth Ward, New Orleans East, the Seventh Ward, Uptown, Venetian Isles and the West Bank.

New Orleans residents are encouraged to visit ready.nola.gov/rain to learn about their flood risk, obtain flood insurance, and learn how to protect their property from flood damage.

As a reminder, new flood maps were adopted in 2016, making flood insurance more affordable for many New Orleanians. Property owners may be eligible for a lower rate and are strongly advised to review their flood insurance policies, particularly if they have not been updated since before the new map approval.

Flood insurance is critical in New Orleans, where property owners have received seven times more in insurance payouts than in post-disaster assistance programs on average.

A new flood insurance policy takes 30 days to take effect, so property owners should contact their insurance agent as soon as possible to ensure that they are covered for the upcoming hurricane season.

Individuals who are interested in learning more about flood mitigation grants should contact the Hazard Mitigation Office at 504-658-8740 or hazardmitigation@nola.gov.

FEMA Flood Mitigation Assistance awards have helped to fund the elevation of 184 properties in New Orleans since 2013;...

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