Parish Presidents participate in roundtable discussion on the National Flood Insurance Program

President McInnis addressing Rep. Sean Duffy of WI. Photo by William McCartney

Parish President Guy McInnis attended a roundtable discussion with several other Parish Presidents and community leaders to discuss Roundtable Discussion on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and the reauthorization of the program by Congress later this year. U.S. Congressman Sean Duffy, Chairman of the NFIP Reauthorization Committee, came down to New Orleans at the invitation of U.S. House of Representative Majority Whip Steve Scalise to hear from the communities and industries that are most impacted by the NFIP and its regulations. The meeting was hosted by Michael Hecht, President and CEO of GNO, Inc.

President McInnis requested assistance in getting the new St. Bernard Parish flood maps through the adoption process at FEMA. On August 10, 2016, the appeal period ended for St. Bernard Parish and the residents and local government are still waiting on the Final Letter of Determination to come from FEMA so that the new maps could go “live.”

President McInnis also spoke of the Community Rating System (CRS) which could provide 15% to 20% off of premiums paid annually to each policy holder in St. Bernard Parish and the point that the property owners outside of the federal flood walls should be governed by different rules. “I’m thankful for the opportunity to get in front of these two Congressmen to discuss these important issues,” said President McInnis. “I’m especially proud of the strong relationship that has formed between US Representative Scalise and I on behalf of the citizens of St. Bernard Parish.”