Biloxi Council Members Question New Flood Maps

Biloxi council members hope a meeting Tuesday morning with FEMA and insurance representatives will give them a better idea of new flood elevations.

Some council members are concerned that FEMA's requirement for higher elevations is a knee jerk reaction to the hurricane. Others are concerned if the city doesn't adopt the guidelines, state administered homeowners grants could be jeopardized.

"We don't have to do anything, really, until the final maps come out, which is anywhere from probably 12 to 24 months. But me, for one, I can't wait that long because we've got problems with the $150,000 grants. Someone has to administer it. And if we don't pass this regulation, we don't have the authority to administer it. So it's a major, major problem," Ward 4 Councilman Mike Fitzpatrick said.

Under FEMA requirements, homes would have to be built anywhere from 13 to 21 feet above the ground.