Brian Kelly

WASHINGTON DC (KMOX)-With the metro east facing higher flood insurance rates at the end of the year, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin is calling on FEMA to admit that even uncertified levees do exist.

Currently, when issuing flood maps that determine who must have federal flood insurance and their rates, FEMA treats uncertified levees as if they aren’t there. 

Southwestern Illinois Flood Prevention District Council Executive Les Sterman says that’s just nonsense, “Obviously that’s not what really exists out there. There is a levee system that has actually protected us well for 70 years, so what Senator Durbin is saying is ‘Look, at least reflect reality.'”

Durbin is leading a bi-partisan group of Senators who want FEMA to scrap its all-or-nothing approach to levees.

Sterman says Durbin’s call makes sense, “Even if you believe they don’t provide an adequate level of protection, they do provide some level of protection, we can argue about how much, but show them on the map as providing some protection.”

FEMA is scheduled to release new flood maps, based on their analysis that the levees don’t exist, in December.  Those will trigger higher flood insurance rates for thousands of homes and businesses.

Copyright KMOX Radio


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