Congressman want emergency levee changes

Two Minnesota congressmen have introduced a bill to help flood-prone communities.

The bill by U.S. Reps. John Kline, a Republican, and Collin Peterson, a Democrat, would remove red tape related to emergency levees.

Now, the Federal Emergency Management Agency requires communities to remove emergency levees used to prevent flooding before the federal government will reimburse the communities for construction costs. The bill removes that requirement.

Also, the bill requires the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to decide if an emergency levee could be left up for future protection.

“FEMA’s inflexible guidelines create bureaucratic boondoggles for communities in Minnesota and nationwide that face repeated flooding,” Kline said. “My legislation provides constituents the flexibility to work with FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to protect their communities from future flooding while saving taxpayer dollars.”

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