Those of you who live in areas prone to flooding (like Houston) may be interested to know that last week President Obama issued an executive order to establish a new Federal Flood Risk Management Standard. The order is numbered EO 13690, and it can be found in Volume 80, No. 23 of the Federal Register, or on the Federal Register’s website. The Standard itself is published by FEMA, and is also available online. It requires that all federally funded construction or repair projects in floodplain areas meet certain criteria for elevation and flood resistance. Prior to implementing the Standard, FEMA is soliciting public comment, which can be submitted by email at FEMA-FFRMS@fema.dhs.gov. For more on this, visit the FEMA website.
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