PARISH PROCLAIMS MAY AS FLOOD RISK AWARENESS MONTH
Flood insurance and flood risks have ‘floated’ back to the top of St. Charles Parish’s priority list for residents to follow. On April 23, the parish council officially proclaimed May as ‘Flood Risk Awareness Month’ at their meeting in Hahnville.
“It is really important that our residents know that they don't have flood insurance just because they carry homeowners insurance,” said District III Councilman Dick Gibbs. “Flood insurance is meant to protect homes from rising waters that can happen anywhere; not just in high-risk flood areas. Our goal is to educate the residents and ensure we are doing our part to help protect their property and quailty of life.”
This month, the parish’s Public Information Office and the Flood Aware Committee will be reaching out to residents to raise awareness of flood risks and encouraging them to buy flood insurance. The following projects are scheduled to be part of the endeavor in May:
- St. Charles Parish Today -A special edition of the parish’s monthly talk show that will feature interviews with the Public Works Director on pump stations and drainage, Councilman Terrell Wilson and an on-scene segment about the parish’s ongoing efforts to improve drainage and repair concrete streets. The episode will air at 5 and 10 p.m. daily on SCP-TV (Cox Channel 6, U-Verse 99) and will also be available on the parish website at scp-tv.com.
- Flood Prevention Brochure – The annual brochure produced by the parish’s Coastal Zone staff that serves as a quick guide to flood prevention, safety and insurance. It is scheduled to mail to all residents.
- Flood Aware Social Media Campaign –The campaign will highlight rainy day preparation tips and information on flood risks. Residents can find the information on the parish’s social media pages or by searching the hastag #floodaware.
“Having flood insurance is one of the most important issues in our parish and we need to stay informed when it comes to the necessity of it,” said District VII Councilwoman Julia Fisher-Perrier. “There are still many moving parts, legislatively, to achieving affordable flood insurance rates for our region but informing residents is at the forefront of our process.”
About the Flood Aware Committee
The Flood Aware Committee was formed in 2017 to compile a plan for public information that informs residents of local flood risks and promotes flood insurance coverage. The plan will be submitted to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for the Community Rating System. Under this system, St. Charles Parish is currently rated an eight. If the plan is approved, residents would see a 5% reduction in their flood insurance rates.
The Flood Aware committee is led by the Public Information Office and the parish’s coastal zone management team and includes stakeholders from the local chamber of commerce, industry, real estate, banks and nonprofits.
The mission of St. Charles Parish government is to provide high quality, efficient services to sustain and enhance the quality of life for all residents of St. Charles Parish.
For more information on parish activities, visit www.stcharlesparish-la.gov, www.facebook.com/stcharlesgov or www.twitter.com/stcharlesgov. Residents may sign up to receive e-newsletters on desired parish-related topics by visiting www.stcharlesparish-la.gov/enews and emergency texts, e-mails and phone calls at www.scpemergencyalerts.com.
PICTURED: Councilwoman Julia Fisher-Perrier presented a proclamation for 'Flood Risk Awareness Month' in St. Charles Parish to Public Information Officer Tristan Babin at the April 23 council meeting in Hahnville.