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Oversight of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Response to the Baton Rouge Flood Disaster: Part II, Hearing Before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, April 5, 2017   [open pdf - 5MB]

This is the April 5, 2017 hearing on "Oversight of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Response to the Baton Rouge Flood Disaster: Part II," held before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. From the opening statement of Jason Chaffetz : "We had one of the worst natural disasters in this country happen again in Louisiana. On August 11, 2016, a no-name storm dropped some 7.1 trillion gallons of rain on the Baton Rouge and Livingston Parish area. Some areas received up to 31 inches of rainfall in just 2 days. That is so unbelievable. It's hard to imagine how much rain was falling in such a short amount of time. The resulting flood was one of the worst disasters in our history, causing over $8 billion of damage and claiming 13 lives. [...] Congress responded to this by appropriating $1.6 billion to be administered by the State of Louisiana, on top of billions available through other programs. The committee sponsored the first congressional delegation to the affected areas in the weeks after the floods and held a hearing on September 9 of 2016. The committee then returned to the area in February. Additionally, we have reviewed more than 80,000 pages of documents from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, and through our field work and document review, we discovered significant failures at FEMA." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John Bel Edwards, Robert J. Fenton, David Boone, and Mark Harrell.

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Serial No. 115-31
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Date:
2018
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Public Domain
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U.S. Government Publishing Office: http://www.gpo.gov/
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