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New FEMA Flood Maps Available this Summer

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DENTON, Texas — In four months, Central along with the rest of East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana will have final flood maps for 2012 that show the most current flood risks, giving homeowners, renters and business owners the information they need to make informed decisions.
    The East Baton Rouge Parish 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, 2012. 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.  In Central, the contact person is Daniel Leone, located at the Central Municipal Service Building, 6703 Sullivan Rd, phone number 262-5000. 
  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 email to FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com.  Everyone is also encouraged to learn more about flood insurance by visiting www.floodsmart.gov.
    FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

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