The Maps are not the Problem: In Perpetuating a Myth, Horowitz Misses the Key Point ~Dr. Ezra Boyd, DisasterMap.net ~Andy Horowitz’s recent New York Times opinion piece
on the new flood insurance rate maps for New Orleans contains a number
of inaccurate statements, fails to address the fundamental issue, and
amounts to nothing more than picking on the “cash-strapped New
Orleanians” as they continue the long process of recovering from
catastrophic levee failures that occurred over a decade ago. Many of the
shortcomings of this piece have been pointed out here and here.
In addition to the factual errors that these critiques raise, Prof.
Horowitz perpetuates a fundamental misunderstanding of flood risk and
how our nation manages it. In no way do the new maps suggest that flood
risk has been eliminated, as Prof. Horowitz claims. In perpetuating this
inaccurate cliche, the article dances around but does not directly
address a fundamental flaw in the National Flood Insurance Program.