FEMA

The U.S. Senate approved legislation this week that would spare many Rhode Island homeowners from sharp rate hikes in their federal flood insurance policies.

The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act was passed in response to the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012.

The Biggert-Waters Act required the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, to develop new rates for flood insurance premiums that more accurately reflect flood risk.

Courtesy: Sen. Jack Reed's Office

Rhode Island’s senators are applauding a 67- 32 vote passing legislation that delays a spike in flood insurance premiums. Sen. Jack Reed said the Senate took a positive, bi-partisan step, while Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse called the measure a necessary step to balance solvency of the federal flood insurance program with rate shock.

Flo Jonic / RIPR

The American Red Cross is scrambling to find housing for residents of two Cranston apartment buildings that were overwhelmed by flash floods Monday.   Some of the 60 affected residents lost everything.

Flood Awareness Week in Rhode Island

Mar 20, 2013
Catherine Welch; RIPR

This week is Flood Awareness Week.  The week is a partnership between the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, and encourages New England residents to be vigilant as we enter into our rainier seasons. 

This month marks the third anniversary of the major flooding that hit the Rhode Island, which resulted in damage statewide.

You can learn more about flood safety by visiting http://www.ready.gov/floods

Last call for SuperStorm Sandy aid

Feb 11, 2013
RIPR file

This Wednesday is the deadline for two forms of help for damage caused by Super Storm Sandy.   
The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Small Business Administration are taking applications for aid and low-interest loans until midnight on the 13th.  

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