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Flooding is the most common and costly natural disaster in the U.S., significantly affecting homes, businesses, infrastructure, and the environment. Since 2000, flood-related disasters in the U.S. accounted for more than $850 billion in damage and losses.

Pew aims to reduce these impacts by improving policies and planning at the federal and state levels to:

  • Enhance pre-disaster mitigation: Directing more resources toward and increasing the use of proactive approaches, such as removing properties from flood-prone areas, increasing green space, and restoring and protecting flood plains, will limit the effects and cost of floods.
  • Ensure infrastructure is flood-ready: Updating the nation’s roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, and other critical infrastructure to better withstand future flood events will help improve community resilience and reduce taxpayer losses.
  • Establish flood-resilient states: Systematic planning and adoption of nature-based solutions to address flood risks will reduce the severity of floods, boost states’ ability to withstand future storms, and lower disaster costs.
  • Modernize federal flood insurance: Reforming the National Flood Insurance Program to reflect current and future threats; remove incentives for development in flood-prone areas; and break the costly cycle of flooding, damage, and repair will help the program better meet its goals of lowering federal spending on disaster response and rebuilding.
This nature-based project in Wausau, Wisconsin, restored the flow of a creek and reinforced its banks, helping protect the surrounding area from riverine flooding that has plagued the city.
This nature-based project in Wausau, Wisconsin, restored the flow of a creek and reinforced its banks, helping protect the surrounding area from riverine flooding that has plagued the city.
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Wisconsin's Commitment to Disaster Preparedness

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Natural disasters and environmental threats have a disproportionate impact on marginalized communities in the U.S.

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How Pew Helps Build Flood-Resilient States

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Flood-related disasters have cost the United States more than $900 billion in damage and economic losses since 2000 and have affected every state. Experts expect future flood events to be more prevalent and severe, challenging all levels of government to manage increasingly devastating impacts.

The Wilson neighborhood is filled with water from Salters Creek during King Tide, one of the highest tides of the year, in Newport News, Va., on Saturday, November 6, 2021.
The Wilson neighborhood is filled with water from Salters Creek during King Tide, one of the highest tides of the year, in Newport News, Va., on Saturday, November 6, 2021.
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Property Buyouts for Flood-Prone Communities

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Each year across the United States, communities large and small, inland and coastal, face devastation from flooding.

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It's Time to Make U.S. Infrastructure Flood-Ready