Chamber fighting Biggert-Waters

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 19, 2013

The River Region Chamber of Commerce is working with GNO Inc, elected officials, and many other business organizations across the state and country in promoting the reform of the Biggert-Waters ACT of 2012.
That Act has had a drastic effect on raising the premiums for participating in the National Flood Insurance Program. Despite its efforts working with the entire federal congressional delegation of Louisiana, to date, Congress and the president have not acted upon the request to review and reform the Act. There have been numerous resolutions and amendments presented, but to date none have made it completely through the legislative process in Washington.
Therefore, in its continued effort to demonstrate the effects that the Biggert-Waters Act will have and is starting to have, Chamber Chair Mike Palamone is asking Chamber members for assistance in compiling some data.
In a recent release, Palamone said, “If
you have received notice of, or a renewal of your flood insurance policy for either your home or business
or both and would be willing to share that information, the Chamber wants to begin compiling this information for the three parishes of St. John the Baptist, St. Charles and St. James.”
The information needed is:
• Name
• Address/ contact phone
• Parish
• Home or business
• Previous premiums in dollars
• New premiums in dollars
• Photos if available
Information can be submitted for multiple properties, homes, businesses rentals, etc. Each one is an individual case/policy. Email or call Chassity McComack at the Chamber office at 985-359-9777 or
If you would prefer to remain anonymous, you can provide the same information via the Survey link  
Palamone reminded those wishing to respond, however, that verifiable — or not anonymous — will be of the most value to the organization’s efforts.
The Chamber will compile the results by parish and report it to its members
as well as forward
it to the Coalition. It will also send the results in a follow-
up letter to the president again requesting his leadership by way
of executive order to delay the implementation of the Biggert-Waters Act.