Washington D.C. – National League of Cities’ (NLC) Second Vice President Mayor Steve Patterson of Athens, OH testified today before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs about the importance of reauthorizing the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). As more and more cities, towns and villages experience extreme weather events, NLC supports reauthorization of NFIP as a critical lifeline for repairs and a tool to minimize the economic strain on impacted families and communities.
“The program’s commitment to prompt financial assistance prevents prolonged economic downturns resulting from extensive property damage. This stability benefits not only homeowners, but also has a ripple effect on local businesses, schools, and public services, supporting the overall well-being and vitality of the community,” Mayor Patterson said in his testimony.
Mayor Patterson shared examples of how Athens is implementing strategies like green infrastructure and resilience housing to ensure disaster preparedness – underscoring how local governments are doing their part and adapting. Local governments require partnership and additional funding from the federal level to bolster their efforts and ensure the long-term sustainability of infrastructure.
Watch Mayor Patterson’s full testimony on NLC’s YouTube channel:
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