PPC: Parish to start reissuing Flood Elevation CertificatesJun 24th, 2013 | By Candace Griffin | Category: news
Nungesser says no due to manpower and liability
A flood elevation certificate is issued when an authorized official survey is completed, verifying that the height of the building in question complies with flood elevation requirements. These are required for Parish residents rebuilding after Isaac, and are necessary for flood insurance eligibility.
With a Council vote of 6-1 at last week’s meeting, the Parish President has been directed to resume the issuing of flood elevation certificates. Councilman Griffin wishes to discuss the lowering of certification fees at the next meeting.
However Parish President Billy Nungesser said after the meeting that neither are happening.
“The parish government can’t subsidize a private service and that’s what we’ve been doing for years,” said Nungesser.
Flood elevation certificates were once a service provided by the parish, however, private companies offer this for a fee.
“We’re doing things other than permitting and inspecting,” said Nungesser. With parish government projects and levee work, the parish engineers and surveyors do not have the time to offer a service that private companies should be competing for.
And then there is the liability, said Nungesser. If the parish gives a certification and it is off, that property owner could be denied flood insurance and the parish would be liable.
District 5 Councilman Anthony Buras voted against the measure; Council members Burghart Turner of District 6, and Marla Cooper of District 9 were not present for the council meeting.