Flood Awareness Facts
Volunteer and Donation Resources
|American Red Cross||1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669)|
|New Orleans Area Red Cross||www.arcno.org|
|City of Kenner Food Bank||(504) 468-7220|
|United Way of New Orleans||www.unitedwaysela.org/|
|City of Kenner Police Department||712-2222 or 911|
|City of Kenner Fire Department||467-2211 or 911|
|City of Kenner Public Works Department||468-7515|
|City of Kenner Inspections & Code Enforcement||468-4062|
|Louisiana State Troopers (Troop B)||(504) 471-2775 or 1-800-964-8076 or 911|
|Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office||(504)-363-5500 or 911|
|American Red Cross||1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669)|
|FEMA Registration, Food Stamps||1-800-621-3362 or www.fema.gov|
|New Orleans Red Cross||www.arcno.org|
|United Way of New Orleans||www.unitedwaysela.org/|
|Center for Disease Control||www.cdc.gov|
|Gouging Complaints (Attorney General||1-800-488-2770|
|Louisiana Public Assistance||www.louisianapa.com|
|HUD Housing & Urban Development||(504) 589-7201|
|Social Security Administration||www.socialsecurity.gov|
Louisiana Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Prepardness
|Governor's Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Prepardness|
Flood Insurance Rate Maps:
Map 1 - Flood map for City of Kenner, North of Interstate 10
Map 2 - Flood map for City of Kenner, South of Interstate 10
Elevation by Street Address - Flood Insurance Rate Map FEMA Map Service Center
Emergency Information Links:
Emergency Supply List - Ready.gov's recommended emergency supplly list.
Family Emergency Plan - Ready.gov's Family Emergency plan
Avoiding Hurricane Damage - FEMA Avoiding Hurricane Damage Checklist for Homeowners
Louisiana AgCenter - LSU AgCenter Floods and Hurricanes Information
Pet Owners Fact List - FEMA's Pet Owners checklist
Social media Contact Sites - Social Media contacts for Government Agencies
GOHSEP Hurricane Guidelines / Evacuation Route - Official Louisiana Hurricane Survival Guide
River Gauge - River Stage Data for the Mississippi River
Louisiana State Board of Contractors - Information of Licensed Contractors
Weather Links - Several website containing local weather related information
Disaster Assistance - Information on Disaster Assistance & Applications
Floodsmart.gov - Flood resource information
Louisiana State Police - Prepardeness and Evacuation Information
Elevation Certificates - Completed Elelvations Certificates
1. FLOOD INSURANCE
PURCHASE FLOOD INSURANCE
Homeowners and business multi peril insurance policies do not cover losses from flooding. Flood insurance policies must be purchased as a separate policy.
Renters can also buy flood policies to protect their personal property. The maximum policy amount available from the federal government for a single family residence is $250,000.
You are eligible for flood insurance because the City of Kenner and Jefferson Parish participates in the National Flood Insurance Program. If the FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) flood maps show that a property is in an AE or VE zone, flood insurance is required by law in order to get a loan or mortgage. There is a 30 day waiting period before a flood insurance policy becomes effective.
In the City of Kenner, the purchase of flood insurance on a voluntary basis is wise even outside of Special Flood Hazard Areas. Call your insurance agent for flood insurance information. In May 1995, August 2005, and September 2008, flooding occurred in areas outside the Special Flood Hazard Areas.
Once you have purchased flood insurance, keep your policy and an itemized list of you furnishings, clothing, and valuables in a safe place, such as a safe deposit box. Call your agent or broker immediately if you suffer flood damage.
2. PROPERTY PROTECTION
There are many things that you can do to an existing building to minimize or eliminate the potential of flooding damage.
Sand, plywood, plastic sheeting and lumber can be used to protect a structure temporarily. These supplies are readily available from a number of retail outlets throughout the parish. Personal items can also be elevated or moved to upper floors.
Permanent flood proofing measures for flood-prone structures are preferable. These permanent retrofitting methods include elevating the structure, building floodwalls and enclosures, and protecting utilities.
Contact the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers at 862-2358, Floodplain Services, Jefferson Parish’s Department of Engineers at 862-2358, or the Chief Building Official for Kenner at 468-4062 for more information about flood proofing.
The Chief Building Official can also make site visits to discuss local flood problems by calling 468-4062.
You can get more information on retrofitting, flood insurance, flood protection, and flood plain management from the Jefferson Parish Regional Libraries, more specifically the North Kenner Library or on the web site http://floodhelp.uno.edu/Portal.aspx.
Before proceeding with retrofitting measures or any construction and development, (i.e.. filling, dredging, remodeling) check with the Department of Inspections and Code Enforcement at 504-468-4062 for applicable requirements, zoning restrictions, or to report illegal development.
3. DRAINAGE SYSTEM MAINTENANCE
To be habitable, Jefferson Parish needs a sophisticated drainage system allowing storm waters to be pumped over the levee system that surrounds the parish. The Jefferson Parish Department of Drainage and the City of Kenner Public Works Department has a regular program of drainage system maintenance. You can help by cleaning catch basins in front of you property. Also do not dump debris into catch basins, drainage ditches, and canals. See City of Kenner Code of Ordinances Section 9 ½ - 6
Debris can cause the drainage system to function improperly. Call Jefferson Parish Department of Drainage (736-6578) or the City of Kenner Public Works Department (468-7515), if you have any questions or need to report illegal dumping. City of Kenner has ordinances that prohibits dumping of any material in the drainage system.
4. FLOOD HAZARD
Flooding can occur during any season of the year. Because so much of the land is low, your property may be in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) as determined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through the use of Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM).
The most common source of flood water in the city is rain. In the late summer, hurricanes and their tidal surge also pose a serious threat. The last major flooding occurred in May 1995, August 2005, and September 2008. Flood water collects because most of the City of Kenner lies at or below sea level with land prone to subsidence or sinking. The low, flat ground provides little natural gravity drainage so water that falls in the city must be pumped out.
Maps showing flood hazard areas are on file at your local library or the City of Kenner Inspections and Code Enforcement office. To see what zone your property is located in, visit your local library and review the appropriate Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) or call Inspections and Code Enforcement of Kenner at 468-4062, or online at Map 1 or Map 2 to view the current Flood Insurance Rate Map, and obtain appropriate flood zone and map excerpt for your property.
Rain Event July 28, 2011
5. FLOOD SAFETY
The parish flood warning system can provide as early notification of flooding conditions.
A Flood Watch means that flooding is possible. A Flash Flood Watch means that a flash flood, which can happen very fast with little warning, is possible.
A Flood Warning means a flood is occurring or will occur soon; the flood may take several hours to develop. A Flash Flood Warning means a flash flood is occurring or will happen very soon; you should seek safety immediately. Listen to local stations for information and instructions. Keep a supply of fresh batteries on hand to operate a portable radio in case electrical power is lost. Tune you radio to 870AM or 101.9FM for emergency broadcasts.
If emergency officials tell you to evacuate or leave you home, go immediately to safe shelter, which will be announced by the parish at the time of the event. All citizens are encouraged to leave the parish during these instances. Turn off all utilities at the main switch, if time permits and it safe to do so. Do not touch any electrical equipment unless it is in a dry area. Electricity can be especially dangerous during and after flooding.
If you are caught in a building be suddenly rising water, move to the second floor or the roof (you may need a tool on hand to break through the roof). Take drinking water, a flashlight and a portable radio. Wait for help. If your car stalls in a flooded area abandon it.
Swimming or playing in or near flood water is life threatening. Drainage ditches and canals carry fast moving flood water and are extremely dangerous. Explain this to your children! Do not attempt to walk through flood water that is more than knee deep.
6. FLOODPLAIN DEVELOPMENT PERMIT REQUIREMENTS
Most of the City of Kenner is located in a floodplain. All developments, regardless of location, require a permit to build, fill, and any other type of development.
Contact the City of Kenner Office of Inspections and Code Enforcement at 468-4062 to obtain necessary permits. Additionally, if any citizen observes and illegal development in the flood plain, it should be reported immediately to the Community Rating System Coordinator / Flood Plain Coordinator at Kenner 468-6606.
7. SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENT / DAMAGE REQUIREMENTS
The National Flood insurance Program (NFIP), as well as the City of Kenner ordinances, requires that when the cost of reconstruction, rehabilitation, addition, or other improvements to a building equals or exceeds 50% of the fair market value, then the building must meet the same construction requirements as a new building. Substantially damaged buildings must also be brought up to the same standards. A residence or building damaged so that the cost of the repairs equals or exceeds 50% of the structures fair market value must also be elevated at or above the base Flood Elevation (BFE) in flood zones where BFE’s exist. Questions regarding this subject may be directed to the City of Kenner Office of Inspections and Code Enforcement at 468-4062.
8. FLOOD WARNING SYSTEM
Jefferson Parish operates a flood warning system to alert citizens about the possibility of impending flooding caused by hurricanes, tropical storms, and storm water from prolonged thunderstorms, tornadoes, winter storms, high winds, or a combination thereof. A warning period will be available for most emergency situations, but the amount of lead time may vary from hazard to hazard. Proper action during this warning period will save lives, reduce injuries, protect property. These warnings are routinely disseminated through the Emergency Alert System (EAS). When three (3) short dual tones are heard over TV and radio stations, citizens should immediately tune to Cox Cable TV Channel 76 or AT&T U-Verse channel 99. In the event of an electrical power outage tune to WWL Radio 870 AM or 101.9 FM for initial warning information and subsequent updates.
9. NATURAL & BENEFICIAL FUNCTIONS
A large portion of Jefferson Parish is at or below sea level. While there are some areas that are above this level, the entire parish is prone to the possibility of flooding. This is primarily because we are surrounded by rivers, lakes bayous, and canals which necessitate our protection through a series of levee systems. We therefore must use drainage canals and pumping stations to remove stormwater as quickly as possible into the surrounding waterways outside the levee system. Citizens who observe any harmful activity with regard to our canal system should immediately report it to the Jefferson parish Department of Drainage at 736-6578 or the City of Kenner at 468-7515.
For levee systems, contact the East Jefferson Levee District office at 733-0087. The importance of protecting our flood prevention resources cannot be overstated.
10. FEMA ELEVATION CERTIFICATES
These certificates are necessary to determine Base Flood Elevation (BFE) when building a commercial or residential structure, or mitigation of a structure which has been repetitively flooded or substantially damaged. A licensed surveyor is the only person that can provide this service. Copies of completed certificates on file may be obtained by the owner by calling the City of Kenner Building Permits Office at 468-4062 , by coming into the office at 1801 Williams Blvd Building B Room 102, or by going on-line to Elevation Certificates