- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota congressional delegation is asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency to develop a new flood map for Sioux Falls as soon as possible.

The request comes after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a report that accredited a $65 million levee system in Sioux Falls meant to help protect about 1,600 residents and businesses.

Sioux Falls Director of Public Works Mark Cotter says it takes FEMA an average of three years to complete new flood maps.

The delegation says in a letter to FEMA Director William Fugate that any unnecessary administrative delays in adopting an updated map will result in “prolonged and avoidable financial hardships” on some Sioux Falls residents.

A FEMA spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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