Levee Director Explains Impacts of Flood Insurance Changes to Local Business Group
North Lafourche Levee District (NLLD) Executive Director Dwayne Bourgeois warned members of the South Central Industrial Association of the devastating economic impacts of recent changes to the National Flood Insurance Program at the organization’s luncheon January 21.
“There is a lot at stake for our iocal community if the changes triggered by the Biggert-Waters Act of 2012 are not fixed,” Bourgeois said. “Workforce retention will be impossible without affordable housing, housing markets will be unstable or freeze altogether, banks will lose much of their mortgage portfolios, and businesses will face debt or closure from astronomical flood insurance premium increases.”
As Bourgeois explained, drastic premium hikes are due to:
- a phase-out of grandfathering for properties built before flood maps were issued
- incomplete and inaccurate flood maps that fail to recognize the value of levees and drainage pumps,
- questionable calculations about flood risk and property value
He cited astronomical insurance premium increases from around the country, totaling as much as 2,000 – 3,000 percent, as examples of what homeowners and business owners in Lafourche and Terrebonne could face if a long-term fix to the new rules is not implemented soon.
Bourgeois and the NLLD, along with Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph, Terrebonne Parish President Michel Claudet, and levee district directors in the region have made resolving the flood insurance crisis top priority due to the significant impact our Bayou region faces without a fix. It’s a fight we cannot afford to lose.
View presentation on National Flood Insurance Program.
NLLD 2014 Flood Insurance Program Fact Sheet
For more on the NFIP, visit NorthLafourcheLevee.com.