National Flood Insurance Program


Another Op-ed on Flood Maps Misses the Point

I have nearly 35 years of professional experience in South Louisiana hydrology, including extensive work on flood risk for the Amite River Basin since 2001. First of all, kudos to The Advocate for the great work in covering the flood and flood risk information over the last two weeks. Unfortunately Mr. Robert Taylor’s letter “Flood mapping…


The Maps are not the Problem: In Perpetuating a Myth, Horowitz Misses the Key Point

  Andy Horowitz’s recent New York Times opinion piece on the new flood insurance rate maps for New Orleans contains a number of inaccurate statements, fails to address the fundamental issue, and amounts to nothing more than picking on the “cash-strapped New Orleanians” as they continue the long process of recovering from catastrophic levee failures…


Sharpening the Government’s Blurry Maps ~Al Shaw and Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica

In recent years, Americans have witnessed the destructive power of floods again and again, from the damage inflicted on coastal New York and New Jersey by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 to the devastation wrought by overflowing rivers in Colorado just a few months ago. Yet as ProPublica has reported, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)…