Flood Relief Dried Up By Budget Cuts?
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering a myriad of programs and services to help farmers, ranchers, and rural residents effected by Missouri river flooding in neighboring states. Funds have also gone out for other natural disasters this spring, but Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack in touring flood damaged areas of Iowa and Nebraska says there’s one form of assistance victims should not necessarily expect.
“Obviously as congress takes a look at our budget and other department’s budgets its fairly clear that we are going to be having fewer resources, not more, and so it’s not likely that there would be an additional emergency supplemental budget bill that providing additional help and assistance.”
And when residence of the impacted states spoke to the secretary about reimbursement for actions done by communities to protect themselves from flood waters and subsequent damage, he said he’s reaching out to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to see what programs might be available in that regard.