States Work to Get Ahead of Frequent and Costly Flooding

States Work to Get Ahead of Costly Flooding
Last Updated March 3, 2021
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Through comprehensive planning and dedicated funding for pre-disaster mitigation activities, coastal and inland states are taking action to manage the rising costs of flooding. A growing number of states are embracing innovative approaches to increase resiliency and safeguard communities such as investing in watershed-scale solutions, limiting risky development in flood-prone areas, and prioritizing the use of nature-based mitigation strategies. 

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