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Orleans Parish Louisiana

Preliminary Flood Maps

After working together for months to create new preliminary flood maps, Orleans Parish and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials now want to hear from the public.

Homeowners, renters and business owners in Orleans Parish are encouraged to review the preliminary flood maps to understand where flood risks have been identified. Anyone who has comments or who would like to file an appeal has until August 6, 2015 to submit them.

An “appeal” is a formal objection to proposed base flood elevations or flood depths, Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA) boundaries and zones, or floodways. Appeals must be based on technical data that show proposed maps to be scientifically incorrect. Anyone who makes an appeal must include the method, data and analysis used to support the claim.  A “comment” is an objection to a base map feature change such as labels, incorrect roads, jurisdictional boundaries, or any other non-appealable change.


View new and preliminary Orleans Parish FEMA flood maps at 


FEMA Official Flood Maps


Once all comments and appeals are resolved, FEMA will notify communities of the effective date of the final maps. When a flood risk is identified, the next step is to consider the purchase of a flood policy from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).  Contacting a local insurance agent is the first step to gather information about insurance.