There’s something about Mary: A National Flood Insurance Disaster update

Folks, a few years ago when the Ed Rust Memorial Flood Insurance reform act was passed there was one website in the country that knew the fix against the ordinary Joe was in and that would be Slabbed. Locally, the real estate market died when the cost of Flood Insurance skyrocketed and all the local pols like Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu and Mississippi’s Steven Palazzo, both of whom voted for the insurance industry sponsored bill, ran away as fast as they could as the specter of mass bankruptcies in their constituency loomed large. Another bill with band aid attached was passed and all was declared right in the world, except it isn’t.

There is nothing I could write on election day that would impact more than a handful of voters as people generally have their minds made up well before election day but today before most of you head out to the polls I’d like to remind you folks there is not a nickle’s worth difference between the two political parties as it appears most of those running for high office are strictly in it for themselves, their friends and family and I have an example right here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast which again illustrates the concept.

Last February, NBC News’ Bill Dedman ran an expose on how the rich, famous and powerful had an inside fix for the Flood Insurance blues in simply paying someone to have their property removed from the Flood plain in the FEMA Flood Maps. Gulfshores Alabama had several beachfront luxury condominiums remapped from the Flood Zone saving them (and the folks from places like Jackson, Mississippi that own the units) literally hundreds of thousands of dollars annually. The specter of the owner of the house just up the beach actually paying more in annual flood premiums for a beach house than a luxury condo tower became reality and those that can afford to own an oceanfront condo once again get the government subsidy.

The NBC series on the topic had multiple installments including one which detailed how hard it is for the average Joe to get FEMA to correct errors in their maps let alone getting repetitive loss properties removed from the flood zone.  It is not cheap or easy unless one happens to know the right person, or happens to be related to one and that brings me to the coast because the NBC map of properties removed from the Flood Zone included two in the Pass.  Here is one of the subject properties

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The property owner’s name is listed at the bottom of the cover letter but I went to the Harrison County Tax Collector’s website to verify the subject beach front property is owned by John and Joanne Curren.  Here is a pic of the house circa June 2013 when it was being constructed after the property was removed from the flood zone per Google maps:

401 E Scenic Drive

Here is what the property looked like after Hurricane Katrina’s 25 foot storm surge pushed 5 or so feet of water over the area:

NOAA Aerial Photo, click to enlarge
NOAA Aerial Photo, click to enlarge

So all this begs the question as to the “in at FEMA” at play here. A quick Google of the name lead me to the Curren-Landrieu Court Reporters website and Mary Landrieu’s first cousin Joanne Landrieu Curren.

I guarantee this theme repeats itself from Alaska all the way around to Bar Harbor Maine. Welcome to the brave new world of flood insurance where the worst risks get the biggest break. I’ll be having a bit more on this topic as Slabbed next heads Northeast.

7 thoughts on “There’s something about Mary: A National Flood Insurance Disaster update”

  1. Holy Super Sleuthing Batman,

    How can this be though because the Republican Party has been branded as the sole party of the privileged rich and famous and the Democratic Party by their own declaration is only dedicated to helping the common man?

    However the sad truth today is one could show 100 similar privileged political irregularities to 100 Afro-Americans and 99% of them would still vote and unite for the typical black block vote for the Democratic Pimp Party candidate. The Pimp party has the poor black voters as their dependent whores who they refuse to allow their whores’ children to enjoy and benefit from superior charter schools so they could break the high black unemployment. But with a good education and jobs who would be the whore voters for dependency on the entitlement programs always created by the pimps? Listen to a well-spoken Afro-American, Ernest Guillory’s, reason why he switched to the Republican Party :

    Wake up white non- voters and get off your apathetic asses and go vote before its too late and you become a government dependent whore yourself.

    1. Too late, Locke. Recall your Gibbons Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire – the majority have now become members of the Blues or the Greens, fighting each other under the watchful eye of the Emperor for favors from the Imperial Treasury.

  2. Holy Maness Madness Malady Batman,

    If Mary Mary Quite Contrary tinks dat da’ majority of the Maness votes will transfer over to her camp I done have to believe she has contracted and showing symptoms of dat fatal , delusional hemmor-tragic, neurologic disease, known as Maness Madness.

    However, wit’ Mary’s superior Congressional, non-Obamacare health plan dey soon bees puttin’ her in quarantine and in her padded walls quarters placin’ a 4 ft. by 6 ft. picture over her bed of da’ miracle campaign PR man who wit only’ his pen and telephone bees constantly professin’, “I’m wit Mary” :

    Da’ PR man be plannin’, pimpin’ and we be praying Mary Mary Quite Contrary will recover, withdraw and done becomes wit’ her new healthy bod a Democrat lobbyist carrying dem big heavy loads of BS up da’ Hill resultin’ in dem’ big pork payolas.

    1. The problem with that scenario, Locke, is that with every foot-in-her-porcine mouth, Little Mary is diminishing her product image. Many a loser shuffles off successfully to K Street fame, but it helps when you do so without making an abject fool of yourself.

  3. Holy of Holies – da’ Demo Donkeys Dealin’ Down and Dirty on poor Mary Mary Quite Contrary Batman,

    Dem cruel and thoughtless Donkeys are pulling 2 MILLION in planned future TV ads from poor Mary Mary as dey must done see she bees a worthless piece of pork lost on a deserted political island all by her lonesome fo’ da’ next turdy days.

    Maybees dem liberal LSU students she helped pump wit’ beer will done bring her some cold brewskies to suck on and da’ Reverend Jackson air drop her sum frieds chickens, watermelons and Pork and Beans to fart-ttify her losin’ bod and hep her to done play dem effective race cards again .
    And I just love Cassidy’s promise for at least one debate and from his trick bag promises even extra bonus debates for each and every time Obama makes it to La. to endorse her – He, He, He.

    1. It is even more evident that Little Landru’s arrogance matches her porcine self in size. Let’s see, who is going to front her money now? And, Poppa Landru and Benito Mitch sure as hell will instruct her not to use her own campaign funds when she can legally divert those funds to other causes.

  4. In the spirit of promotional boxing the Dr.Cassidy and Mary Landrieu upcoming political debate battle has been announced and the touted title of the highly anticipated debate matchup actually prophecies the outcome :

    “Butcher Cassidy and the Moondance Kid”

    Sports Prediction:

    With Dr.Cassidy wheelin’ his 2ft scalpel blade and a Full Moon and Half Moon Mitch as her manager and trainer/cut man respectively , Mary will bees ” floatin’ like overweight Moonbeams and bleedin’ out like a stuck pig – He, He, He.

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