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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. Since 2000, flood-related disasters in the U.S. accounted for more than $845 billion in losses, making it the costliest 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.

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Washington Floodplain Manager Discusses Programs That Help

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As Washington’s statewide floodplain manager, Gordon White works to limit the impacts of flooding across the state, including directing the Floodplains by Design program.

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Lawmaker Expects Virginia Flood Program Will Spur Statewide Mitigation Measures

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State Senator Lynwood Lewis, the current co-chair of the Joint Subcommittee on Coastal Flooding, was born and raised in Accomack County and is well aware of how sea level rise and more frequent and intense storms affect his district and the commonwealth.

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Mitigation Matters: Policy Solutions to Reduce Local Flood Risk

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Since 2000, floods have cost the United States more than $845 billion in damage to homes, businesses, and critical infrastructure. The expense of adapting to more frequent and severe storms is projected to rise over the next several decades, placing a premium on the need to take action now to reduce the impacts of future floods.

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Modern, Flood-Ready Approach Needed for Building and Rebuilding

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The most common and expensive natural disasters in the United States involve flooding, costing an estimated $768 billion in losses since 2000, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Last year, the devastation caused by inland flooding and powerful hurricanes was compounded by aging infrastructure that suffers from years of neglect.

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