NEW IBERIA — Facing a Dec. 2 deadline, the Iberia Parish Council unanimously accepted updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps on Wednesday.
If the council had missed the deadline to approve the maps, it could have affected flood insurance rates across the parish and passage was something the council had to do, council Chairman Roger Duncan said.
At the council’s Oct. 26 meeting, the council voted unanimously to table approval at the request of Steve Minvielle, who lives in the Tete Bayou area east of New Iberia.
Minvielle said he and 100 other residents in the area had their property designated as being in a flood plain, but data he gathered contradicted Federal Emergency Management Agency’s findings.
FEMA officials are in charge of the flood map program.
After three years, Minivielle said he had still not received word from FEMA officials, but that has changed since the Oct. 26 meeting.
“I’m optimistic this will come to a resolution,” Minvielle said.
After last week’s meeting, actions the parish government took got him in touch with FEMA officials, but there is still work left to do, he said.
The next step would be to amend the maps after they become final, he said.
The property owners also have the option to request an amendment as a group and hire an engineer to do a study on the properties, he said.
Minvielle added he doesn’t know how long or what the cost will be, but he’s waited three years and hopes it will be completed in six months.
The council also unanimously approved adding $681,960 to the nearly $6 million in road repairs to its Phase One 2010 project.
During the Oct. 12 meeting, the council added $391,423 to the then $5.6 million set of projects.
The next parish council meeting is Nov. 9.