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Published August 27, 2013, 04:30 PM

Flood insurance meeting held in Fargo

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Senator John Hoeven is calling on FEMA to continue current flood insurance rating methods.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Senator John Hoeven is calling on FEMA to continue current flood insurance rating methods.

Hoeven met with Fargo city and Cass county leaders, housing market representatives and FEMA officials.

He wants FEMA to continue using the "basement exception" when determining flood insurance rates.

That means each home would be evaluated based on its lowest proofed opening rather than its lowest floor, a basement.

Hoeven argues that flood-proofed basements, like those in Fargo, help reduce flood damage.

SEN. John Hoeven- (R) North Dakota: "Now remember, there's a lot of places around the country they don't build basements. Here we need them. We use basements but we flood proof them. So we can show that having the basement exemption as part of the base flood elevation, just makes sense."

Hoeven says 14 North Dakota communities receive a rating credit for residential flood-proofed basements.

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