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New Maps Label Much of New Orleans Out of Flood Hazard Area

Large areas of the city are suddenly no longer in a flood zone.
New Maps Label Much of New Orleans Out of Flood Hazard Area
October 5, 2016

Eleven years to the day that Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, the city received new flood maps from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that overnight moved more than half the population out of the so-called high-risk zone.

But with half the city at or below sea level and memories of massive flooding after Hurricane Katrina 11 years ago, some residents are worried these new maps send the wrong message. Some of them were interviewed in a National Public Radio (NPR) report on the new maps.

FEMA’s new online tool shows that 53 percent of the city’s properties (in green) are no longer in a so-called high-risk zone and do not need to carry flood insurance. Areas in gray have no change in their flood zone. Areas in red (roughly 5 percent) are now in a “higher risk” zone. FEMA insists the maps are insurance rating tools and should not be interpreted as life and safety flood maps.

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