Rep. Rod Blum Introduces Small Municipality Flood Relief Act

Legislation will give flexibility to towns recovering from flooding

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Washington, DC, November 30, 2015 | comments

 Today Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA) announced the introduction of H.R. 3955, the Small Municipality Flood Relief Act.  This legislation will give smaller towns like Waverly, Iowa the opportunity to redevelop land where the flood risk has been sufficiently mitigated and the land is no longer in the flood hazard zone.

“The Small Municipality Flood Relief Act will give the City of Waverly the opportunity to reclaim over 35 residential lots in the central core of Waverly, where the community lost more than 85 homes during the flood of 2008. Waverly, with Federal and State assistance, has invested over 11 million dollars in improvement projects for flood mitigation and protection since 2008 and has completed an inflatable dam on the Cedar River which allows the dam to be lowered during flood events allowing FEMA to reduce the size of the river’s flood hazard zone. This Act will enable the City and its residents to use those residential lots in the heart of our city to build new homes rather than remain unused in perpetuity,” said Waverly Director of Community and Economic Development William Werger.

“After hearing directly from towns like Waverly that are dealing with unnecessary land use restrictions put on them by the federal government, I decided to introduce this act to give communities the flexibility to make decisions about how to best use their land,” said Congressional Blum. “After the flood risk has been properly mitigated, it’s just common sense that communities be allowed to put that land to good use in a way that benefits the residents of the town. I’m glad to help communities like Waverly continue to recover from flooding and I will do everything I can to educate my colleagues in Congress about this issue so we can see the Small Municipality Flood Relief Act signed in to law.”

Rod Blum is the Republican Congressman in Iowa’s 1st District. He is a member of the Budget and Oversight & Government Reform Committees.

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