Bert Eichold, head of the Mobile County Health Department, lauded those moves, but said more is needed to protect lives and property.He
specifically said that political leaders ought to address flood elevation levels.
After Katrina's massive storm surge, the Federal Emergency Management Agency
broadened the areas in Mississippi and Louisiana that it said were susceptible to coastal flooding and ordered that new houses there be elevated several feet higher than before.
But the agency did nothing of significance in Alabama, and officials said it will be 2011 at the earliest before new flood-zone maps are available for the state.Eichold
said that shouldn't stop local governments from undertaking changes before then."If we're going to err, we should err on the side of being more protective of our citizens and not put persons at risk with their two most valuable possessions , their home and their families," he