FEMA to Allow Basements in Rebuilt Homes

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) _ U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback says officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency will now allow Kansas residents to rebuild their tornado-damaged homes with basements.

The Kansas Republican says he spoke Tuesday with FEMA officials, who told him they had evaluated the situation and determined the basements would be allowed.

Brownback and FEMA have been discussing rebuilding efforts in Chapman, Kan., where a tornado caused an estimated $70 million in damage in June.

Brownback became upset about FEMA's policy prohibiting recovery funds from being used to rebuild flood-plain houses with basements.

About 95 percent of Chapman is in a flood plain.

FEMA officials concluded that Chapman qualifies for a basement exception under National Flood Insurance Program regulations.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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