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  •  Yup, from the NYT (13+ / 0-)
    Moving from their hillside condominium to a just-built house near the meandering waters of the Souris River, the Rasmussens, like so many of their neighbors, never even contemplated buying federal flood insurance.

    After all, the once flood-prone river — known locally as the Mouse, after its French name — had seemingly been tamed by public works projects that reshaped the channel, raised the banks and controlled the flow of water.

    When the federal government lifted a requirement a decade ago that low-lying valley homes have flood insurance, most residents stopped buying it.

    Link.

    Thanks for reminding me... like I said, I'm pretty out of it. I'll update the diary.

    In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move. ~ Douglas Adams

    by noddem on Fri Jun 24, 2011 at 04:12:49 PM PDT

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    •  What will they do? (5+ / 0-)

      Hopefully there's some kind of disaster assistance that can be made available to help them rebuild.

      If we can give tax cuts to oil companies...

      "My father always told me that all businessmen were sons of bitches, but I never believed it until now." - JFK during the 1962 Steel Crisis

      by Betty Pinson on Fri Jun 24, 2011 at 05:44:43 PM PDT

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      •  ND as a state, and I think Minot as well (6+ / 0-)

        applied for FEMA assistance a couple weeks ago, the first time there were evacuations and we thought the town was going to flood. Once we made it through, we thought we were done with all of this. Alas...

        Anyway, FEMA rejected the application(s), but the state has re-applied, and things are looking better this time around. Our federal delegation -- Sens. Conrad and Hoeven, and Rep. Berg -- were at the daily press conference today, and they sounded optimistic. They had a call with Sec. Napolitano today, and she assured them that she would not leave her desk until the papers were drawn up for President Obama's signature.

        While they sounded confident that FEMA would approve, the amount that those affected receive, while better than nothing, is a drop in the bucket. Conrad said that some individuals may receive up to $30k, the avg for these types of events is in the $8k range. Again, much better than nothing, but there are going to be families that will struggle for some time when all is said and done.

        In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move. ~ Douglas Adams

        by noddem on Fri Jun 24, 2011 at 05:59:09 PM PDT

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