Thune: More floods coming?

Sen. John Thune has sent a letter to Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate requesting clarification on the June 1 “flood in progress” date for the National Flood Insurance Program coverage.
Thune said there is “some confusion on this issue” among people he has met who have suffered from flood damage.
“For example, six inches of rain fell in the Pierre/Ft. Pierre area on June 21st, which caused severe flooding on the Bad River, and was the proximate cause of flood damage to several homes in Ft. Pierre,” he wrote. “From my understanding of the discussion during our meeting, a resident of a home in Ft. Pierre damaged by flooding from the Bad River might not necessarily be impacted by the June 1st “flood in progress” date.
Thune said the Corps of Engineers told him increased releases from the six dams along the Missouri River will continue “well into the month of August.”
“Therefore, it is foreseeable that there could very possibly be multiple flood events intertwined with the Missouri River flood, but still distinct from the June 1st “flood in progress” date that is directly linked to the increased water releases from the Garrison Dam in North Dakota.
He said that means more floods may be coming.
“I would like you to give a clear indication about whether or not you would advise individuals and homeowners in South Dakota to buy flood insurance right now, regardless of the fact that you have declared June 1st to be the “flood in progress” date,” Thune wrote.
“I would also like your definitive response regarding the ability of homeowners to purchase flood insurance — irrespective of the June 1st “flood in progress” date — should there be a levee breach later this summer in one of the communities in South Dakota that has constructed such emergency measures”

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