NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it will take a second look at the flood risk of communities without federal flood protection before it gives final approval to new flood risk maps.
The maps are important because insurers base their rates on them.
The policy change affects communities across the United States. Many have complained that FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers have disregarded levee improvements paid for by local and state governments.
FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate says the agency will do a more detailed analysis of the flood risk of communities that are not protected by federally accredited levees. Until now, FEMA regarded communities protected by unaccredited levees as being entirely without levees.