WASHINGTON -- A Fort Worth congresswoman wants manufactured and mobile homes to come equipped with weather radios.
Congresswoman Kay Granger's proposal comes after the deaths of at least six people in heavy flooding in North Texas.
The Fort Worth Republican is co-sponsoring legislation requiring that every manufactured home be supplied with a weather radio. The radio would automatically carry emergency broadcasts of the National Weather Service. The requirement would be part of the federal manufactured home construction and safety standards.
Flash floods hit several North Texas counties overnight on Monday, dislodging mobile homes and sweeping some of them away. A young Gainesville girl and her grandmother were found in floodwaters after their mobile home was swept away with their family inside.
The bill is named after CJ Martin, a two-year-old boy killed in a 2005 tornado. His mother helped get a law passed in Indiana that requires weather radios be installed in new mobile and manufactured homes.
Other bill sponsors are Congressmen Brad Ellsworth of Indiana and Dennis Moore of Kansas -- both Democrats -- along with Spencer Bachus, an Alabama Republican.