Flood Zone Head Scratchers – New Orleans

I was doing some research for a client in New Orleans recently and was reviewing the flood zones in the particular areas we were looking.  I came across this rather silly flood determination – Note: Zone AE is the flood zone, and the yellow X500 zone is NOT a flood zone.

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Seems to me that this is more evidence that FEMA’s flood determination policies are probably more arbitrary than scientific.  I mean, what *significant* difference can that little gray area have to put it in a flood zone??

– David Madaffari