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About 15 million properties in the U.S. are prone to flooding, but patchwork and ineffective disclosure laws mean most people get little to no information about flood risk before they move.
At least 37,000 homes in the U.S. have flooded multiple times. The people who own them are eligible for federal help, but a new report finds that FEMA often fails to provide that assistance.
The federal government spends billions of dollars each year helping communities rebuild after disasters and to prevent future damage. But that money isn’t always allocated to those who need it most.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A state audit says West Virginia’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management didn’t comply with federal regulations, forcing localities to pay for disaster relief. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports on the Legislative Auditor’s Office audit released on Sunday. It says the state has been late for years in submitting a grant… Read More
Problems included a lack of key supplies on Puerto Rico before the storm, unqualified staff and challenges with delivering emergency supplies, according to the internal report.
NELSONVILLE — The city of Nelsonville has been awarded a $186,801 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to acquire and demolish homes in flood hazard areas. Up to nine homes will be demolished and the land returned to permanent green space. Participation by property owners is voluntary, according to City Code Director Steve Pierson…. Read More