Official: FEMA isn’t brokeAgency urges property owners to purchase flood insurance GRAND FORKS, N.D. – A Federal Emergency Management Agency official has insisted a rumor that the national flood insurance program is broke is not true, and he urges property owners to purchase the protection.
By: Stephen J. Lee Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald,
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – A Federal Emergency Management Agency official has insisted a rumor that the national flood insurance program is broke is not true, and he urges property owners to purchase the protection.
In North Dakota this week on a speaking tour, FEMA representative Jerry DeFelice said homeowners should look into flood insurance despite what they may have heard.
At a Thursday FEMA hearing in Grand Forks, DeFelice was asked about insurance agents being told not to sell the federally backed flood insurance because Congress hadn’t re-upped spending for it.
After the meeting, DeFelice and other FEMA representatives did some fact checking: Apparently some North Dakota insurance agents told reporters that their companies told them to stop writing flood insurance policies.
DeFelice said North Dakota emergency management officials said the rumor is widespread.
However, DeFelice said it appears the NFIP funding is part of an omnibus spending bill that has been approved by the U.S. House but not the Senate.
“This has happened before,” DeFelice said. He estimated that this is a technical glitch in what typically is routine congressional reauthorization of longstanding programs, such as NFIP, DeFelice said.
He’s confident flood insurance policies will continue to be written, DeFelice said.
A North Dakota Senate aide agreed with DeFelice.
“We are expecting the omnibus bill to pass on Monday,” Brendan Timpe, an aide to Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., said late Thursday. Like the FEMA flood officials, Timpe said he doubted there was any real threat to the NDIP.
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