Latest Federal Emergency Management Agency News

Burgum seeks disaster declaration for October flooding

Dec. 13, 2019 5:21 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Friday, requesting a presidential disaster declaration after an October storm dumped heavy rain and snow on a large part of the state. The letter was sent to Trump through the Federal Emergency Management...

FEMA takes $12,400 check back from Missouri flood victim

Dec. 6, 2019 1:06 AM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The washer and dryer are still in Larry Whetsel's living room, where they landed after floating out of his kitchen. The water line left by the Missouri River, across the warped, cracked walls, is level with his shoulders. Pieces of furniture, some made by his father, lay in a...

FEMA rejects aid request for 6 South Dakota counties

Nov. 27, 2019 3:14 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota has lost an appeal for federal funding to rebuild from tornadoes and floods that hit six counties in August. The Federal Emergency Management Agency ruled that the damage was not severe enough to qualify for federal funding and that the state and the counties —...

Above-ground power lines grow in risk as climate changes

Nov. 25, 2019 1:13 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trees toppling onto above-ground power lines spark wildfires, more than 1,000 of them in the last decade in California alone. The wires snap in blizzards and hurricanes, causing dayslong outages. Everywhere, power poles topple in all kinds of disasters, blocking escape routes. Around the...

‘My neighbors are gone’: Flood buyouts upend Missouri town

Nov. 24, 2019 5:41 PM EST

MOSBY, Mo. (AP) — Tammy Kilgore raised the giant claw of a John Deere excavator high in the air, then slammed it down on the roof the house where she had spent nearly her entire adult life. The shingles crunched, but not much else. So she did it again, and again — each time taking a bigger bite with...

Home buyouts split apart a flood-prone Missouri town

Nov. 24, 2019 10:29 AM EST

MOSBY, Mo. (AP) — Tammy Kilgore raised the giant claw of a John Deere excavator high in the air, then slammed it down on the roof the house where she had spent nearly her entire adult life. The shingles crunched, but not much else. So she did it again, and again — each time taking a bigger bite with...

Feds: Florida officials bilked FEMA out of hurricane money

Nov. 19, 2019 6:32 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Two former officials of a Florida city are charged with conspiring with two businesses to bilk the federal government out of $5 million in Hurricane Michael cleanup money, the U.S. attorney’s office announced Tuesday. U.S. Attorney Lawrence Keefe said the two former Lynn...

FEMA upheld Illinois decision to deny individual assistance

Nov. 17, 2019 9:52 AM EST

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A federal agency upheld its decision to deny financial assistance to Illinois residents and business owners affected by historic flooding despite granting the state public aid. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s decision will impact about 1.4 million residents and...

New federal grant program allots $10M for dams in 26 states

Nov. 10, 2019 7:48 AM EST

Built for irrigation in 1884, Smith Reservoir in Colorado no longer can hold as much water as it once did. To keep the dam from leaking, the water level at the suburban Denver reservoir is kept at least 2 feet below the level of the spillway — a critical safety precaution for the shopping center,...

FEMA teams assessing storm damage in Vermont

Nov. 5, 2019 7:22 AM EST

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is in Vermont assessing flood and wind damage from a recent storm. Vermont Emergency Management Director Erica Bornemann requested the preliminary damage assessment to determine if the state qualifies for a federal major disaster declaration...