STATEMENT BY SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN
Sen. McCain Applauds the Disaster Declaration for the Schultz Fire Flooding
October 5, 2010
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) made the following statement regarding the recent disaster declaration for the Schultz Fire flooding near Flagstaff, Arizona:
“I applaud the President’s recent disaster declaration for the Schultz Fire flooding near Flagstaff, Arizona. This announcement triggers the release of Federal funds to help the affected communities recover from the severe flooding that occurred in July and August. While the declaration is an important component of the federal response, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Forest Service must do more by ensuring a long-term commitment to flood mitigation projects for the area.”
Last week, Senator McCain introduced the Burn Area Flood Prevention Act (S. 3908) which directs FEMA, the U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to pool resources and begin work on flood mitigation measures for the Doney Park communities. This bill also provides relief to affected homeowners by authorizing the FEMA Administrator to insure private properties facing a flooding threat due to wildfire.