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Hare Criticizes New FEMA Rules On Flood Recovery

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Location: Washington, DC

Hare Criticizes New FEMA Rules On Flood Recovery

Congressman Phil Hare today released the following statement in response to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) new rules on flood recovery.

"I learned this week that new FEMA rules will prohibit local levee districts from using flood fighting funds for cleanup and recovery. Instead, the burden is now being shifted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. But the Corps does not have the authorization to perform many critical flood fighting and recovery activities and in the cases they do costs are nearly double.

"I have contacted FEMA and the Corps to urge them to find a workable solution for communities along the Mississippi River. I also asked FEMA why they waited 4 months to make these rules public.

"Taxpayer supported levee districts play a vital role in protecting river communities. These new FEMA rules would make clean up and recovery harder and result in higher costs for families who have already suffered enough hardship from the floods of 2008. I oppose them."

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