WHAT: After water receded from the Midwest’s 2008 flash floods, thousands of flood victims stayed in their damaged homes, despite health risks from mold. They pinned their hopes on the federal program that helps buy flood-damaged properties. Two years later, many are still waiting for relief.
WHY IT’S OUTRAGEOUS: Hundreds of small towns in states including Indiana, North Dakota and Wisconsin look as if they are stuck in a time warp. The buyouts bogged down after FEMA’s disaster aid ran dry. And even in the best of cases, the buyout process could take months.
WHAT’S BEING DONE: Congress passed a bill on July 27 that included
$5.1 billion to replenish FEMA’s disaster-relief fund, but there’s little improvement yet. An agency spokesperson said FEMA has a backlog of “thousands of projects” for recoveries from previous disasters.