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The Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce highlighting issue of FEMA flood insurance

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Special guest Congressman Charles Boustany talking with local business owners about how Washington is helping

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 2:10pm

The Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce held a meeting today on FEMA flood insurance with special guest Congressman Charles Boustany.  Congressman Boustany talked about the latest information on flood insurance since the passing of the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act.  This bill repealed and modified provisions of the Briggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act which shot premiums through the roof.

"We are a coastal community.  Much of our economy is on or very near the coast.  We want to be able to protect that, we want to protect where our residents live, our businesses, our ecosystems.  There's a lot at stake here, and we feel like it's very important for us to be paying close attention," says Janet Faulk-Gonzales, President/CEO of Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce.

"We have a working coast.  We have a coast line that supports a lot of jobs.  Jobs in the oil and gas industry, supports international trade because of goods flowing in and out, it supports our agriculture which is very important for the rest of the state," says Congressman Charles Boustany.

Congressman Boustany also talked about the Water Resources Development and Reform Act that was passed that will help jobs along the coast.  The Chamber is doing a series on coastal issues and will have another event in July with a speaker from NOA to talk about storm surges.

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