“Inspector General Slams FEMA Over Repeatedly Flooded Homes”

“The Federal Emergency Management Agency fails to help tens of thousands of people whose homes have repeatedly flooded, according to a report by the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security.

A 2004 law requires FEMA to keep a list of homes that have repeatedly flooded, and prioritize those homes for federal assistance. But the new report finds that FEMA's list is rife with errors and that nothing has been done to reduce the flood risk for most of the nearly 38,000 homes on the list. The Department of Homeland Security oversees FEMA.

FEMA “provides neither equitable nor timely relief” to those who own homes that have repeatedly flooded, the report states.”

Rebecca Hersher reports for NPR September 15, 2020.