Well for the purpose of Flood Insurance — it’s June 1st
“If it becomes effective after June 1 it’ll be effective for a secondary, a heavy rain storm, something like that. It would be effective for that, but for this event on the Missouri River it’s June 1 you had to have their flood insurance in place,” Barb Fitzpatrick with FEMA said.
That’s when increased releases started happening at the Garrison Dam in North Dakota….even tho releases didn’t increase from Oahe until June 4th and the increased water levels didn’t reach Dakota Dunes until even later this month — and it’ll have to be the date for other downstream states.
Rep Kristi Noem is asking for some explanation as to how FEMA thinks it’s appropriate to pick one date to cover such an extensive flooding over such a large area. The full letter is below…
This may be the most effective approach to help out people who added mortgages so they could get flood insurance before the water arrived….
Should buying flood insurance after hearing the water was coming be considered a good faith effort or should people who live near the river without flood insurance be out of luck?