DALLAS (AP) — In a story Sept. 23 about victims of repeat flooding, The Associated Press reported erroneously that U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, a Republican from Dallas, said victims of repeat flooding should consider Harvey’s devastation a sign from on high. His comments were not specifically directed to Harvey victims but to victims of repeat flooding both in Texas and elsewhere.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Congressman to flood victims: ‘God is telling you to move’
Chairman of House Financial Services Committee says taxpayers shouldn’t foot the bill of victims of repeat flooding
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DALLAS (AP) — The chairman of the House Financial Services Committee says that U.S. taxpayers should not have to foot the bill for at-risk homes that have flooded over and over again.
U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, a Republican from Dallas, made the comments on CNBC during a segment on flood insurance Thursday.
He said, “At some point, God is telling you to move.”
Hensarling says homeowners in flood-prone areas should make their properties more resilient or move out of the flood zone.
Earlier this month, President Donald Trump signed a bill providing $15 billion for Hurricane Harvey disaster relief, which incorporated an extension of the federal flood insurance program.