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Livingston Parish Council/Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (LOHSEP) has received hazard mitigation funds from FEMA for the purpose of mitigating Severe Repetitive Loss (SRL) structures parish-wide. If you believe that your property may qualify as SRL, please contact LOHSEP by Friday, May 10, 2013, at the telephone numbers below.

In 2012, the U.S. Congress passed the Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 which calls on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and other agencies, to make a number of changes to the way the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is run.  As the law is implemented, some of these changes have already occurred, and others will be implemented in the coming months.  Key provisions of the legislation will require the NFIP to raise rates to reflect true flood risk, make the program more financially stable, and change how Flood Insurance Map (FIRM) updates impact policy holders.  The changes will mean potential premium rate increases over time.

In this program, FEMA will allow elevations of existing structures and acquisitions.  Structure elevation activities involve physically raising an existing structure to an elevation at or above the Base Flood Elevation (BFE), or higher if required by FEMA or local ordinance.  FEMA-funded property acquisition/demolition for open space consists of the Parish purchasing flood prone structures from willing sellers and demolishing those structures.   All purchase prices are determined by an appraisal using Fair Market Value.

FEMA will require a 25% cost share from the owner.  For example, if the elevation project cost $100,000, FEMA would cover $75,000 and the owner would be accountable for $25,000.  In the case of an acquisition, the 25% would be deducted from the buyout price.

Before an application is submitted for FEMA approval, the parish is required to gather all information from interested and eligible owners.  Priority will be given to those structures with the greatest number and dollar value of losses as well as previous applicants of unapproved projects.  Once the application is submitted, the timeframe from approval to project completion may take one to three years or more depending on storm-related issues.

For eligibility determination, please contact the following parish officials by Friday, May 10, 2013:

Heather Crain
Grant Coordinator
Office: 225-686-4415
hcrain@lpgov.com

Brandi A. Janes
LOHSEP Deputy Director
Office: 225-686-3066
lohsep2@lpgov.com