DENTON, Texas - Deficiencies with the Village of Port Vincent, La. floodplain management program could force the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to place the community on probation.
FEMA has notified the village by letter stating that the probationary status with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will take effect if an Oct. 6, 2013 deadline is not met. Specifically, the community has been asked to correct violations of the Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance (FDPO), including the failure to manage floodplain development in accordance with the village’s floodplain program and a lack of adequate administrative procedures and record keeping.
FEMA will continue to offer help to the Village of Port Vincent so it can retain its National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) status. However, if the violations are not remedied by Oct. 6, 2013, the village could be placed on probation.
While the village works to correct these violations, property owners will still be able to buy and renew flood insurance coverage during the probationary period. However, a $50 surcharge will be added to any policy sold or renewed in the community after Oct. 6, 2013.
There are currently 109 flood insurance policies in the village.
The NFIP makes flood insurance available in communities where minimum local floodplain management standards are adopted and enforced.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.