WASHINGTON, D.C. – In order to assist Oklahomans who own homes on the newly drawn floodplain by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and U.S. Rep. Dan Boren (D-OK-2), whose district is most affected by the change, have led the effort with a letter to FEMA expressing concern over the impact that the implementation of the new Flood Map Modernization Program has on Oklahomans. U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and U.S. Reps. James Lankford (R-OK-5) and John Sullivan (R-OK-1) also signed onto the letter written to FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. FEMA’s floodplain changes will result in Oklahomans being forced to pay additional flood insurance, and it could possibly lead to a decrease in home value.
“FEMA’s recent modernization of the floodplain in Oklahoma has devastating consequences to residents who live within the area,” said Inhofe. “FEMA must ensure that the new floodplains drawn by the Flood Map Modernization Program are accurate and essential to protecting homeowners. Oklahomans should not be forced to purchase flood insurance or a two year extension on a preferred risk policy.
Inhofe continued, “I urge Administrator Fugate and FEMA to complete Light Detection And Ranging mapping. Corrections to previous floodplain maps will assist Oklahomans affected in this matter. It is my priority to ensure only those located in flood zones defined by FEMA be necessarily impacted by this new program. To financially hurt Oklahoma families that are incorrectly labeled as living in a floodplain is another example of Washington bureaucratic red-tape run amuck.”