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Flood-Prepared Communities

Floods and hurricanes can threaten human lives and cause significant economic and physical damage to communities, including homes, businesses, and infrastructure. From 2000 to 2017, flood-related disasters in the U.S. accounted for more than $750 billion in losses, making it the costliest and most frequent disaster threat in the nation.

Pew aims to reduce these impacts through policies that will modernize federal flood insurance, mitigate disasters, prioritize investments in flood-ready infrastructure, and promote nature-based solutions.

Public schools threatened by flooding
Public schools threatened by flooding
Issue Brief

Flooding Threatens Public Schools Across the Country

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Issue Brief

Flooding is the most costly and common natural disaster in the United States, affecting every region. Last year alone, 36 presidentially declared flood-related disasters inundated 24 states, costing billions of dollars. In addition to homes, these coastal and inland floods damaged roads, bridges, hospitals, and another critical part of communities: schools.

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Flooded community
Article

Congress Again Defers on Reforming Flood Insurance Program

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Despite overwhelming evidence of the need to substantially reform the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), Congress yet again failed to do so. Instead, lawmakers on Dec. 21 renewed the program through May 31—the 10th no-change extension since September 2017, after Hurricane Harvey unleashed catastrophic flooding in Texas.

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State flood mitigation plans
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States Expand Preparation as Floods Increase Nationwide

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Flood events are becoming more intense across the United States, affecting the physical and economic stability of communities and threatening human lives and delicate ecosystems. Every part of the country is vulnerable to losses from increased flooding; in the past five years, all 50 states have experienced flood events. Federal, state, and local entities share the responsibility for weather-related disaster preparedness and response. This series of fact sheets examines the flood risks, mitigation efforts, and associated costs for states.

Our Work

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Flooded neighborhood in Houston.
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Ask Congress to Keep the Nation’s Flood Insurance Program from Drowning
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It's Time to Make U.S. Infrastructure Flood-Ready 
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Former Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley
After the Storm: Charleston’s Blueprint for Risk Reduction After Hurricane Hugo
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