http://www.wdsu.com/news/rep-steve-scalise-discusses-federal-response/38492976

 

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WHAT ARE YOU HEARING ON THE FEDERAL LEVEL ABOUT OUR FLOODING SITUATION? STEVE: WE HAVE BEEN TALKING WITH THE FEDERAL AGENCIES LIKE FEMA AND THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS AND THEY ARE PREPARED TO DO WHATEVER THEY NEED TO DO TO HELP WITH OUR LOCAL LEADERS. I'VE BEEN IN TOUCH WITH THE PARISH PRESIDENT PAT BRISTER AND ROBBIE MILLER. THEY HAD OVER 500 HOMES THAT HAVE BEEN FLOODED ALREADY IN ST. TAMMANY. IF YOU LOOK AT PEARL RIGHT NOW, YOU WOULD HAVE ABOUT 5000 HOMES THAT ARE ALONG THE PEARL RIVER. THIS IS THE WORST OF THEIR -- EVER SEEN. THEY ARE EXPECTING HIGHER FLOODING THAN THAT. PEOPLE ARE OBVIOUSLY BEING TOLD TO EVACUATE AND BE PREPARED TO PROTECT THEIR FAMILIES. EVERYTHING THEY NEED TO DO TO SET UP EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTERS. AND WE WILL WORK WITH FEMA AND ARE DOING THEIR PART TO HELP WITH LOCAL RELIEF EFFORTS. FARRAH: WHEN WILL WE SEE A FEDERAL RELIEF IN OUR AREA? BE RELEASED IN THE NEXT DAY OR TWO. WE WILL BE READY TO ASSIST IN ANY WAY THAT WE CAN TO MAKE SURE THEY WILL RESPONSE ACCORDINGLY. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IS PROVIDING A LOT OF IMPORTANT LEVELS ARE IN ALL THE RIVERS. FARRAH: LET'S TALK ABOUT FEDERAL BUSINESSES. COULD COME BACK IN AND HELP REBUILD? STEVE: THERE HAS NOT BEEN ANY FORMAL REQUEST. LOCAL GOVERNMENTS HAVE TO ASSESS WHAT THEIR RESPOND TO IT. THE FIRST PLACE PEOPLE WILL BE INSURANCE PROGRAM. AS A PROGRAM IN PLACE FOR PEOPLE WHO DO BY FLOOD INSURANCE. WE MADE SERIOUS REFORMS OVER THE YEAR TO KEEP IT SOLVENT. THERE FOR PEOPLE WHO DO HAVE FLOOD INSURANCE. I WOULD ENCOURAGE PEOPLE THAT THIS IS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF WHY EVERYBODY SHOULD GET FLOODING FLOOD INSURANCE. YOU HAVE PEOPLE IN NEW ORLEANS WHO MAY HAVE FLOOD INSURANCE. EVEN IF YOU ARE 50 FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL, YOU CAN SEE FROM THIS LAST COUPLE DAYS THAT IT CAN HAPPEN ANYWHERE. THAT IS WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT. FARRAH SPEAKING TO JIM DONELAN YESTERDAY, HE SAID THAT 25% OF LOUISIANA RESIDENTS HAVE FLOOD INSURANCE, BUT THE REST DO NOT. THAT MEANS THEY WILL HAVE TO PAY FOR REPAIRS OUT-OF-POCKET. IS THAT SOMETHING FEMA CAN HELP WITH? STEVE: THAT IS REAL NARROW AND IF YOU GO BACK TO HURRICANE KATRINA, THE WAS A SPECIAL PROGRAM BECAUSE THE DEVASTATION WAS SO SEVERE, BUT IT'S VERY RARE THAT HAPPENS BEEN IT IS SO TO GET FLOOD INSURANCE. THEY ARE NOT REQUIRED BY THEIR HOMEOWNERS POLICY TO HAVE IT. I'VE TALK TO COLLEAGUES OF MINE IN PLACES LIKE COLORADO AND UTAH WHERE YOU DO NOT HAVE LOW-LYING TOO. DIFFERENT