More than 1,700 EBR residents to receive substantial damage letters

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Over 1,700 East Baton Rouge residents will soon see letters from the city-parish telling them they must make changes to their homes to prevent flooding.

According to the city-parish, 1,751 properties did not follow FEMA rules following the 2016 flood and must be elevated or have significant action taken.

Residents receiving a letter have properties that meet three requirements.

“Located in a special flood hazard area which we call the flood zone, they are below the established the base flood elevations and also the cost to repair their home from the damages caused by the 2016 flood have been estimated to be 50 percent or greater than the value of their structure,” said East Baton Rouge’s Director of Development and Flood-Plain Rachel Lambert.

The letters will be sent out in batches of around 300 every six to eight weeks.

“That is so we can manage assisting our constituents,” said East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome.

When residents receive their letter, they are asked to contact the EBR Flood-Plain and Mitigation Specialists.

“We have specialized assistants who are dedicated just for this effort who are knowledgeable of compliance and assisting folks with mitigation efforts,” said Broome.

Broome said she believes this will be a smooth process.

“We have created a path forward, a path that includes assistance, a path that includes helping you become more resilient with your property, a path the includes potential resources to help you,” said Broome.

Property owners also have an option to appeal their substantial damage determination.

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