Sen. Bodi White calls second Homeland Security Committee meeting to discuss home elevation requirements

    For the second time in a week, state Sen. Bodi White has called a meeting of the Louisiana Senate Homeland Security Committee to discuss flood-related issues, particularly concerns that homeowners could be forced to elevate their damaged homes.

    Affected homeowners whose houses received damage worth at least half their value may be required to rebuild their homes at or above base flood elevation to qualify for the National Flood Insurance Program, according to a news release from White’s office.

    White, a Republican from Central who chairs the committee, has invited representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to address local residents’ concerns about the elevation requirements.

    The meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the John J. Hainkel Jr. Room at the State Capitol.

    “Residents need to be informed as they begin to rebuild and move past this tragedy. There are too many unanswered questions,” White says in a statement. “The federal government should listen to the concerns of local and state residents when it comes to the requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program.”

    White has also invited local mayors from around the greater Baton Rouge area to discuss the impact of the flooding in their communities, as well as Small Business Administration representatives to address how they can help small business owners with the rebuilding process. State Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon is also expected to discuss the insurance claims process after the flood.

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