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Kanstoroom Report -
Victims Update; 10/7/04


In response to growing concerns from recently received emails, victims, advocates and an insurance adjuster traveled to Capitol Hill on Tuesday, October 5th, to meet with and request assistance from U.S. Representatives and their staff. A CBS affiliate covered the group's efforts.

The victims described concerned over actions they witnessed by people identifying themselves as officials of the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General's office. The victims heard a conversation, recorded by a CBS News crew, between flood victims' advocate Steve Kanstoroom and the Counsel to DHS Inspector General Clark Kent Irvin. The victims allege DHS personnel were attempting to dissuade Steve Kanstoroom from providing information the US Senate Banking Committee and others. The information is described as possibly implicating DHS personnel in wrongdoing.


The victims were also concerned with information allegedly recently released from the United States Office of the Attorney General. The group asked Representatives and their staff to request an investigation by the Department of Justice. Click here to view their request and allegations. Click here to view a related sworn statement.

The request was especially well received by Senator Mikulski. The group said they have every reason to believe Senators Mikulski and Sarbanes remain deeply committed to doing everything possible to help the victims. In addition, Congresswoman Davis from Virginia was very troubled by what she saw and made clear she "intends to pursue the matter."

The group was also increasingly concerned about the lack of response by the FEMA Task Force - a group assembled to review pennies on the dollar flood claims. The group asked for help in arranging a meeting with DHS Secretary Tom Ridge. Included were the group’s concerns regarding an unwillingness on the part of DHS Under Secretary Michael Brown to hear from victims who remain homeless a year after. Click here to view the letter describing the issues and meeting request.

Many victims have recently reported increased problems in attempting to receive payment for their Isabel claims from more than a year ago. Today we received still more reports suggesting victims hire lawyers to bring suit against the National Flood Insurance Program. Click here to see one such report.

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