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Brown, crispy grass in a dry lawn

In Lafayette, it’s a dry heat

Lafayette is in an extreme drought, the eighth driest summer on record. Hardened soils aren’t just bad for plants; they can worsen flooding when it does finally rain.

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Link to nola.com Congress introduces bill to lower flood insurance prices  (opens in new window)

The legislation, known as NFIP-RE Act of 2023, would limit price increases to a 9% hike, down from an 18% hike. It would also help out low- and moderate-income homeowners and renters struggling to afford flood insurance, and forgive interest payments on the debt that FEMA has accumulated because flood insurance revenues have been nowhere near enough to pay for damages incurred.

Source: The Advocate