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Montana levees have another year for certification

Posted On Fri, April 9, 2010

Montana residents have another year before they have to fear paying higher flood insurance rates.

The levees in Great Falls, Montana have been a hot-button issue for the state's senator and community leaders. Certification requirements for the levees have been under debate and officials have been working together to find a solution, according to Montana ABC affiliate KFFB.

After Hurricane Katrina, the federal government began requiring that high-risk flood areas prove their levees are up to code. Insurance rates will soar if the levees don't meet certification requirements.

Last month, Montana Senator Jon Tester found the state at a loss for what to do because they were having trouble paying for the safety check, KFFB said. He told KFBB that "it's about saving money," and trying "to meet the needs of rural Americans."

The Associated Press reports that plans to decertify the levees have been put off for a year by federal officials. The deadline was April 28.

Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security secretary, told Tester the levee certification deadline would be pushed back and that a FEMA team would come to Montana to help Great Falls, the AP said.ADNFCR-2297-ID-19712742-ADNFCR

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