HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Representative Steven Palazzo said the historic floods that have happened recently in Louisiana may prompt Congress to make reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program, which was created in 1968.
The flooding, which took place between Aug.8-14, damaged more than 40,000 homes and killed 13 people.
"This is a 500,000 year storm, so we're going to have to, when we get up to D.C., we're going to have to look at some disaster assistance funding to address those that didn't have flood insurance," said Palazzo, a Republican who represents the 4th District of Mississippi. "But, the big thing is we need to address the National Flood Insurance Program. People need permanent relief, but the goal is always to make sure that flood insurance is available and affordable."
More than five million homes are insured under the program.
Palazzo was in Hattiesburg last week for a meeting of Forrest-Lamar Republican Women.