On the morning of June 13, a freak thunderstorm dumped between 6″ and 10″ of rain across the Oklahoma City metro area in under five hours, resulting in severe flash flooding that heavily damaged numerous homes and businesses across the city.
Over 200 homes were damaged or destroyed by the flood; only a handful of these homeowners carried government flood insurance because, according to news reports, only 2% of the homes that were destroyed were located in areas classified as Federal flood zones.
Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry immediately declared all Oklahoma counties that were affected by the torrential rainfall as disaster areas, and requested individual assistance from FEMA for the owners of homes or businesses that were lost as a result of the floods.
Last week, the White House denied Gov. Henry’s request for FEMA aid. In lieu of FEMA money, Gov. Henry is attempting to procure additional aid in the form of low interest SBA loans for homeowners.
It has been noted that the Obama Administration’s sluggish and red tape-mangled response to the oil washing ashore on the Gulf Coast could very well be linked to the fact that virtually all of the coastal counties affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill were “red,” voting predominately for John McCain in the 2008 presidential election. Likewise, all 77 Oklahoma counties were “red” in 2008; no other state went 100% for McCain on a county-by-county basis.
No formal explanation was offered for FEMA’s denial of Gov. Henry’s request. But given the Obama Administration’s blatant Chicago-style politics and apparent belief in selective enforcement of the law, one has to wonder …
ADDED: Commenter “retired military” mentioned another suspicious set of choices by the Obama Administration — the selection of GM and Chrysler dealerships originally slated to be closed in the wake of the government takeovers of the two automakers. Just a little more food for thought.