- Associated Press - Saturday, September 23, 2017

DALLAS (AP) - In a story Sept. 23 about victims of repeat flooding, The Associated Press reported erroneously that U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, a Republican from Dallas, said victims of repeat flooding should consider Harvey’s devastation a sign from on high. His comments were not specifically directed to Harvey victims but to victims of repeat flooding both in Texas and elsewhere.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Congressman to flood victims: ‘God is telling you to move’


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Chairman of House Financial Services Committee says taxpayers shouldn’t foot the bill of victims of repeat flooding

DALLAS (AP) - The chairman of the House Financial Services Committee says that U.S. taxpayers should not have to foot the bill for at-risk homes that have flooded over and over again.



U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, a Republican from Dallas, made the comments on CNBC during a segment on flood insurance Thursday.

He said, “At some point, God is telling you to move.”

Hensarling says homeowners in flood-prone areas should make their properties more resilient or move out of the flood zone.

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump signed a bill providing $15 billion for Hurricane Harvey disaster relief, which incorporated an extension of the federal flood insurance program.

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