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Thursday, 04 April 2019 16:11

FEMA Tells Parish It Can Drop Floodways From New Maps

(TNS) — FEMA has informed Ascension Parish government and area congressional officials that new flood insurance rate maps can proceed without controversial development restrictions along area waterways, a parish council member says.

Parish Councilman Bill Dawson wrote to the mayor of Sorrento on Friday that Federal Emergency Management Agency officials told him and others during a recent meeting that the restrictions, known as floodways, could be removed from the new maps expected to take effect May 15.

"They also told us since the request had come from the Town of Sorrento, The City of Gonzales and the Parish of Ascension, all would have to request the removal of the Floodways request," Dawson wrote in an email shared with Town Council members Tuesday evening.

Dawson has been a primary proponent of the map changes as a way to lower flood insurance rates for residents south of Gonzales and in Sorrento and the Burnside area.