FEMA

Earthquakes & St. Louis Region
4:38 pm
Fri February 11, 2011

Threat of earthquakes to St. Louis region "real," says FEMA's Fugate

A woodcut depicting damage from the New Madrid series of earthquakes in 1811 and 1812. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate says the threat of earthquakes on the New Madrid fault remain. (Via Wikimedia Commons)

Some scientists say risks of another major earthquake from the New Madrid fault are minimal.

But FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate insists the threat to the St. Louis region is real.

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FEMA & Flood Insurance
3:12 pm
Fri February 11, 2011

FEMA Administrator: Residents may need flood insurance, despite levee protection

A levee in Granite City, Ill. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate says homes and businesses in the Mississippi River floodplain may need flood insurance, even if they are protected by a levee like this one. (St. Louis Public Radio)

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate says homes and businesses in the Mississippi River floodplain may need flood insurance, even if they are protected by a levee.

Last week senators from Missouri, Illinois and 16 other states sent a letter to Administrator Fugate.

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New Year's Eve Tornadoes
1:30 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

Missouri will not receive FEMA aid for NYE tornado damage

A truck lays on its side after a possible tornado hit the surrounding area of Sunset Hills, Missouri on Dec. 31, 2010. Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon requested federal aid for recovery efforts, but that request has been denied. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon formally requested federal aid for victims of the New Year's Eve tornadoes that hit several areas of the state - but that request has been denied.

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Southwestern Illinois Levees
9:59 am
Thu January 6, 2011

Trial set in suit over southwestern Ill. levees

A levee in Granite City, Ill. Granite City is one of the areas where FEMA says the levees do not meet its minimum threshold for certification. (St. Louis Public Radio)

The case of three southwestern Illinois counties suing to block the U.S. government from declaring the region's levees functionally useless could be headed for trial in a federal court this spring.

A judge has scheduled the trial to begin April 16 in Benton on the lawsuit the counties filed in November over the mapping change that Madison, St. Clair and Monroe counties say could saddle thousands of property owners with higher, unaffordable insurance rates.

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