Dularge fire rating upgraded


DULARGE — Homeowners in the Bayou Dularge area will pay lower fire-insurance premiums beginning next week thanks to an improved fire-risk rating.

Fire District 10, whose protection area includes Bayou Dularge and Theriot, purchased new equipment to qualify for a 4, one point better than the rating it previously held.

The new rating takes effect next Monday and will mean homeowners will pay about 10 percent less for fire insurance coverage over the next year.

The exact decrease depends on the value of the property, its location and the rate schedule of the company insuring the property, said State Insurance Commissioner Robert Wooley.

Overall, though, the change means fire coverage on an $80,000 home will drop by about $39 a year.

“That may not sound like a lot,” Wooley said. “But when you consider how many homes there are in a district, it’s a major impact.”

The Property Insurance Association of Louisiana, a nonprofit group of state-licensed insurance carriers, issues fire ratings after surveying a district’s services.

The surveys …

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Residents have concerns

Local residents got a chance Tuesday night to sound off on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the state Department of Natural Resources’ plans for the Louisiana Coastal Area study, which will help determine how the state and the nation attack Louisiana’s coastal wetlands loss.

There was a lot of concern evident in the residents who turned out at the Larose meeting, from the scope of local projects to be included in the study to the eventual effects of the large-scale project on local people such as shrimpers.

At the heart of the issue is the estimated $14 billion restoration effort that could take the state 50 years to complete. Coastal experts and state and federal officials know generally the kinds of projects that will help rebuild the coast. They will consist primarily of freshwater diversion projects, channels dug to carry fresh water and sediment from the Mississippi River into the coastal area. The fresh water will help wetlands plants survive while the sediment, it is hoped, can actually …

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