Flood-Prepared Communities

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  • Shoring up Communities: Investing in resilient infrastructure

    The Pew Charitable Trusts hosted a May 23 discussion on the challenges facing our country’s infrastructure and approaches to safeguarding it from the effects of severe weather. It centered on ways the Trump administration and Congress can help the United States withstand natural disasters by modernizing infrastructure through smart policy, solid funding, and incorporation of nature-based... Read More

  • Before the Flood: The Value of Mitigation

    Billion-dollar natural disasters are becoming the norm in the United States. Since 1980, catastrophes of this magnitude have affected all 50 states, hitting five to 10 times each year. Floods are the most frequent and expensive disasters; from 1980 to 2013, they caused more than $260 billion in damage. In 2016 alone, 36 of the federal government’s 46 disaster declarations involved floods or... Read More

  • Flood Claims Cost the U.S. Billions, but Congress Can Fix That

    Major flood events are becoming the new normal. In 2016, there were four inland floods causing at least a billion dollars in damages each, double the average number of nontropical storm-related floods since 1980. While the headlines around these events focus, understandably, on property damage and the impact on individuals and families, a big piece of the story—the escalating cost to the... Read More

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