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Luetkemeyer, Hare Ask FEMA to Reverse New Rules on Flood Cleanup

Luetkemeyer, Hare Ask FEMA to Reverse New Rules on Flood

WASHINGTON, DC- Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) and
Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL) were among nine Members of Congress to send
a letter
to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
asking them to reverse
recently announced rules which would prohibit local
levee and drainage districts from using flood fighting funds for cleanup and
recovery, instead shifting the burden to the U.S. Army Corps of

“As you know, levee and drainage districts affected by
flooding rely on FEMA to provide financial support for expenses occurred for
flood fighting, flood cleanup, debris removal, and dewatering,” the letter
reads. “…the Corps is not authorized to reimburse levee and drainage districts
for many critical cleanup and recovery activities. We strongly believe that FEMA
should continue assisting levee and drainage districts with flood fighting and
recovery costs until the policy is reviewed to avoid potential gaps in disaster

“This decision was made without carefully considering the consequences to our
river communities,” Luetkemeyer said. “We are asking FEMA to rethink this new
policy and work with river communities on any future changes to flood

“FEMA acknowledged in a meeting last week that they got
this wrong,” Hare said. “We are submitting this letter to formally request that
FEMA continues their assistance to flood-ravaged communities along the
Mississippi River.”