FEMA Slammed Over Repeatedly Flooded Homes
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) data show that between 2005 and 2018 the number of repeatedly flooded properties in the United States nearly doubled. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General reports that FEMA fails to help tens of thousands of people whose homes have repeatedly flooded, despite a 2004 law requiring the agency to keep a list of repeatedly flooded homes and prioritize them for federal assistance. Meanwhile, demand for flood mitigation funds has skyrocketed in the last decade and consistently outstrips the amount of money available through FEMA. FEMA has agreed to the report’s recommendations and plans to reach out to communities and come up with a plan by the end of 2021 to allocate funds more equitably and efficiently.