The mission of Tangipahoa Parish's Floodplain Administration is to protect the public health, safety and general welfare of the community by minimizing public and private losses due to flooding conditions. The oversight of floodplain administration and stormwater management is located within the Office of Community Development. Before a flood event the floodplain administration office works to educate property owners about their risk and available resources for assistance. After a flood event the floodplain administration office assists property owners in navigating the various assistance programs and coordinates substantial damage assessments. It’s the administration’s responsibility to uphold the flood prevention and protection ordinance adopted by parish council (Chapter 10 of the Code of Ordinances). Lauren Brinkman acts as the parish's designated floodplain administrator and is a certified floodplain manager.
Our Parish Participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and the Community Rating System
The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) aims to reduce the impact of flooding on private and public structures. It does so by providing affordable insurance to property owners and renters and by requiring communities to adopt and enforce floodplain management regulations.
The Community Rating System (CRS) is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes communities for implementing floodplain management practices that exceed the Federal minimum requirements of the NFIP to provide protection from flooding. In exchange for our proactive efforts to reduce flood risk, flood insurance policyholders receive reduced flood insurance premiums for buildings and homes located in FEMA identified special flood hazard areas.
As part of our participation in the CRS Program we must:
- Be fully compliant with the National Flood Insurance Program;
- Have NFIP coverage for all municipal buildings;
- Address Repetitive Loss properties;
- Maintain Elevation Certificates for all new development; and
- Maintain Floodproofing Certificates and V-Zone Design Certificates for coastal high hazard areas (V-Zones, Coastal A-Zones) as appropriate.
Helpful Resources for Flood Insurance and Community Rating System Programs
Answers to Questions about the National Flood Insurance Program, FEMA 387, Federal Emergency Management Agency, August 2001.
Flood Insurance Frequently Asked Questions and the NFIP Answer desk
Mandatory Purchase of Flood Insurance Guidelines, FEMA-186, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 1999.
Order a Community Rating System publication by:
Downloading from the CRS Website resource center
Emailing an order to NFIPCRS@ISO.com
If you need any further information, clarification, or would like to request a flood determination please contact Lauren Brinkman, the Parish's Floodplain Administrator, at (985) 340-9028.
Flood Maps FAQ
When did the new flood maps become effective?
The new maps were effective July 22, 2010.
Where can I find my flood zone?
Here’s a link to a website to LSU’s Flood Maps where the maps may be searched by address. http://maps.lsuagcenter.com/floodmaps/?FIPS=22105
Will my flood insurance automatically go down if the maps change?
No, in order to lower flood insurance, residents will need to supply an updated Elevation Certificate from a surveyor that shows the new flood zone and base flood elevations.
What is a "X" flood zone and a "shaded-X" flood zone?
With the new set of maps, FEMA has changed the names of a couple of flood zones. The old "C" zones are now called "X" and the old "B" zones are now "shaded-X". There is absolutely no difference in the meaning, just the name changed. Neither of these zones are considered high risk, and neither zone requires the purchase of federal flood insurance.
My house is in 2 different flood zones, which one am I?
If 2 different flood zones touch a structure, the more hazardous flood zone will be used. For example, if a house is in both an "A" zone and a "X" zone, the "A" zone will be used to regulate the structure since it is the more hazardous of the two.
Other Flood Related Resources
FEMA - Main Website
A copy of the Community's current Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) and the Flood Boundary and Floodway Map and an explanation of their use.
How to use a flood map to protect your property FEMA 258 May 1995.
Repairing Your Flooded Home, FEMA-234, 1992.
This handbook provides property owners with information on several methods of flood protection.
Order a FEMA publication by:
Downloading from FEMA's website. Many of the publications have a direct site listed. These can change over time so www.fema.gov should be searched if a FEMA publication’s link does not work.
PHONE: 1 (800) 480-2520
FAX: 1 (240) 699-0525
MAIL: FEMA Distribution Center
4440 Buckeystown Pike
Frederick, MD 21704
Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for free shipping.
Links to Documents on Protecting a Building
Above the Flood: Elevating Your Floodprone House, FEMA-347, 2000
Homeowner's Guide to Retrofitting: Six Ways to Protect Your House from Flooding. FEMA-312, 1998.
Repairing Your Flooded Home, FEMA-234, 1992
Elevated Residential Structures, FEMA-54, 1984.
Coastal Construction Manual, FEMA-55, Third Edition, 2000.
Manufactured Home Installation in Flood Hazard Areas, FEMA-85, 1985.
Flood Proofing Nonresidential Structures, FEMA-102, 1986.
Design Manual for Retrofitting Flood-Prone Residential Structures, FEMA-114, 1986.
Engineering Principles and Practices for Retrofitting Flood -Prone Residential Buildings, FEMA-259, 1995.
Mitigation of Flood and Erosion Damage to Residential Buildings in Coastal Areas, FEMA-257, 1994.
Protecting Building Utilities From Flood Damage, FEMA-348, 2000.
Reducing Flood Losses Through the International Code Series, FEMA, 2000.
Hard copies can also be ordered from:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, CECW-PD National Nonstructural/Flood Proofing Committee
Attn: Joe Remondini
1645 South 101st East Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74128
Flood Proofing Systems & Techniques, December 1984. (Out of Print and available only via the website.)
Flood-Proofing Regulations, EP 1165 3 314, 1992.
Flood Proofing Performance - Successes & Failures, 1998
Flood Proofing Techniques, Programs, and References, January 1996.
Raising and Moving the Slab-On-Grade House, 1990
A Flood Proofing Success Story, September 1993
Flood Proofing: How to Evaluate Your Options, July 1993
Flood Proofing Technology in the Tug Fork Valley, April 1994
Local Flood Proofing Programs, June 1994
Links to documents on community floodplain management or flood hazard mitigation:
Design Guidelines for Flood Damage Reduction, FEMA-15, December 1981
A Unified National Program for Floodplain Management, FEMA-248, May 1994
Reducing Losses in High Risk Flood Hazard Areas - A Guidebook for Local Officials, FEMA-116, February 1987.
Floodplain Management in the United States: An Assessment Report, Summary Report, FIA-17, June 1992.
Link to documents on the natural and beneficial functions of floodplains:
Protecting Floodplain Resources, FEMA-268, September 1995.
Link to the National Weather Service River Gauges
Link to Evacuation Routes
USEPA Wetlands Fact Sheets and other types of assistance can be obtained by contacting the EPA's Wetlands Information Hotline at 1-800-832-7828 or firstname.lastname@example.org The fact sheets can also be downloaded from HERE.