Mississippi’s two senators are joining ranks with some Senate colleagues to push for changes in the way flood risks are assessed in local communities, marking the latest shot in an ongoing battle over flood maps.
Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, both R-Miss., are among 27 senators who sent a letter last week to Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, asking that FEMA end its use of “without levee” modeling methods in evaluating the flood threat to an area as new maps are drawn. The method discounts levees and flood control measures that have not been certified by FEMA.
The senators say that the practice ignores flood control measures that do, in fact, offer some level of protection and in the process causes an economic hardship for communities.