The EBRP remapping effort focuses on the North Branch Wards Creek, Shoe Creek and tributaries, Redwood Creek and the Upper White Bayou. Local officials and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) expect the maps to become effective on June 19.
In the meantime, everyone is encouraged to review the maps now in order to determine their flood risks.
"When you know your risks, you can do something about it," said FEMA Region 6 Administrator Tony Russell. "We've been working very closely with state and local officials on updating the flood maps and want to be sure the "Whole Community" is involved in the process."
Anyone who hasn't had a chance to participate in local flood insurance meetings or to review the new flood maps is encouraged to contact their local floodplain administrator (FPA) who is most likely located at the parish office or the municipality's City Hall.
Meanwhile, FEMA Map specialists are available to answer questions about the new maps. They can be reached by phone and online chat:
· To see changes since the last map visit maps.riskmap6.com/LA/EastBatonRouge/
· To use the live chat service, visit go.usa.gov/r6C. (Click on the "Live Chat" icon.)
· To contact a FEMA Map Specialist, call 1-877-FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627) or send an e-mail to FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com.
Everyone is also encouraged to learn more about flood insurance by visiting www.floodsmart.gov or calling 1-888-379-9531.