Officials in St. Charles Parish have scheduled a series of public meetings to answer residents’ questions about changes to the National Flood Insurance Program.

The recently passed Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act reinstated “grandfathering” of flood insurance policies and rates.

The first meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the East Regional Library, 160 W. Campus Drive, Destrehan.

The remaining meetings are set for 6 p.m. Thursday at Cypress Lakes Country Club, 10 Villere Drive, Destrehan; 6 p.m. July 29 at the West Regional Library, 105 Lakewood Drive, Luling; and 6 p.m. July 31 at the Bayou Gauche Fire Station, 410 First St., Bayou Gauche.

“It’s important for people to know that they need to have a flood insurance policy in effect to take advantage of the changes brought forth by the HFIAA,” St. Charles Parish President V.J. St. Pierre said. “Remember that policies are grandfathered, not homes. Flood insurance does remain inexpensive for the most part.”

St. Charles Parish is involved in a remapping of the entire parish’s base flood elevations and analysis of existing levee systems.

Property owners must purchase a flood insurance policy before the mapping process is complete in order to be eligible for grandfathered rates.