The Murphy Report
Fighting for Flood Victims
In this edition of The Murphy Report, you will find an update on my ongoing efforts to improve flood prevention, mitigation and recovery. After three major floods in four years, too many are still putting the pieces of their homes and businesses back together. By continuing to work together, we can prevent catastrophic damage and fight for flood victims. Please take the time to read through this email update and sign up to receive others like it. Also, don't forget to take the survey!
Establishing the Flood Insurance Advocate
After a catastrophic storm, families and business owners often find a maze of bureaucracy instead of the help they need. Last year, I introduced and passed a measure to help flood victims by establishing a National Flood Insurance Advocate - someone flood victims could to turn to during times of need. Modeled after the successful Taxpayer Advocate Service at the IRS, the Flood Insurance Advocate would help families and businesses cut through the red tape and navigate the bureaucracy of FEMA and their flood insurance companies.
Providing Federal Funding for Flood Prevention and Damage Repair
Securing federal funding is important for increasing flood prevention and recovery operations in our area. Over the last year, I led a bipartisan effort to demand funding for these key operations after President Bush zeroed out the programs. We were able to secure $30 million to be used by local flood agencies to remove flood prone homes and businesses from flood zones, elevating properties to eliminate flood damage, and flood proofing additional structures. Specifically, I am proud to report that I secured $2.4 million for the Neshaminy watershed and over $1 millino for hard-hit Yardley Borough. The money will help repair damage in Neshaminy and help reduce the burden on Yardley taxpayers for repairing and replacing their sewer system. It will also go toward important prevention measures. For more information, click here.
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Patrick J. Murphy
Patrick J. Murphy
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