FEMA News

Proposed Restrictions Building in Oregon’s Flood Plains

Building in flood zones is about to get harder across much of Oregon, due to new federal recommendations. The government published the recommendations, called a biological opinion, in response to a lawsuit from environmental groups. The Audubon Society of Portland, …

Penn. Issues Consumer Alert for Homeowners on Appealing Flood Maps

Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller issued a consumer alert this week telling homeowners about a process by which they can appeal their property’s placement in a flood zone by the federal government, which in many cases requires them to purchase …

Mississippi Granted $13.3M for Storm Recovery, 11 More Counties Eligible for Aid

Gov. Phil Bryant says 11 additional counties have been added to Mississippi’s most recent disaster declaration due to the March flooding and severe storms. In a news release, Bryant said Clarke, Forrest, Greene, Jones, Marion, Panola, Perry, Quitman, Sunflower, Tunica …

FEMA Denies Request for Levee Repairs in Grand Isle, Louisiana

Grand Isle, La., officials have been met with another setback as they try to determine how to rebuild their first-line storm defense. The town’s levees were torn up again by heavy storms three weeks ago. WVUE reports the Federal Emergency …

Federal Disaster Declared in 3 Mississippi Counties After Floods

President Barack Obama has declared a disaster in three Mississippi counties following flooding this month. Residents in the Bolivar, Coahoma and Washington counties can apply for individual assistance, including grants for temporary housing and repairs worth up to $33,000, as …

Officials: Mississippi Flood Damage Most Widespread Since Hurricane Katrina

Mississippi officials say the damage from floods this month is the most widespread the state has had since Hurricane Katrina. Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Director Lee Smithson tells The Clarion-Ledger federal and state assessment teams have been on the ground …

Colorado Town Sees Flood Cleanup Nearing An End

One by one, homes at in a flood-ravaged foothills town near Boulder are being demolished. Two and a half years after the flood, some Lyons residents are finally getting the federal buyouts they applied for, reported The Daily Camera. But …

FEMA to Provide Additional $10M in Aid to South Carolina Flood Victims

South Carolinians who were originally refused help following last October’s historic floods will be getting about $10 million in aid. The State of Columbia reports that the money became available through a program in which Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster …

Californians Purchased 28K New Flood Policies in Anticipation of El Nin᷈o

New data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency on National Flood Insurance Program policies shows a big increase in NFIP policies written in California during the month of November 2015, a jump FEMA is crediting to the anticipation of an …

FEMA Continues to Examine Thousands of Sandy Claims Review Cases

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) still has thousands of Superstorm Sandy claims review cases that are waiting to be examined, latest figures show. FEMA said that as of Dec. 11, the agency has closed 2,694 Sandy flood insurance claims …