POSTED: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 1:00am
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 1:04am
East Baton Rouge Parish, La — In four months, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana will have final flood maps that show the most current flood risks, giving homeowners, renters and business owners the information they need to make informed decisions.
The East Baton Rouge Parish remapping effort focuses on the North Branch Wards Creek, Shoe Creek and tributaries, Redwood Creek and the Upper White Bayou. Local officials and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) expect the maps to become effective on June 19, 2012. In the meantime, everyone is encouraged to review the maps now in order to determine their flood risks.
“When you know your risks, you can do something about it,” said FEMA Region 6 Administrator Tony Russell. “We’ve been working very closely with state and local officials on updating the flood maps and want to be sure the “Whole Community” is involved in the process.”
Anyone who hasn’t had a chance to participate in local flood insurance meetings or to review the new flood maps is encouraged to contact their local floodplain administrator (FPA) who is most likely located at the parish office or the municipality’s City Hall.
Meanwhile, FEMA Map specialists are available to answer questions about the new maps. They can be reached by phone and online chat:
• To see changes since the last map visit http://maps.riskmap6.com/LA/EastBatonRouge/ 
• To use the live chat service, visit http://go.usa.gov/r6C . Click on the “Live Chat” icon.
• To contact a FEMA Map Specialist, call 1-877-FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627) or send an email to FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com .