Flooding

FEMA Maps Hugely Underestimate US Flood Damage Risk

Researchers have used artificial intelligence to predict where flood damage is likely to happen across that country.

Infrastructure Update: Local Concerns Muddy a FEMA Flood Insurance Overhaul

The Biden administration faces many tricky questions from states and localities as it tries to write rules to soften the blow of increasingly devastating floods.

Smashed Cars, Burnt Trees, Soggy Insulation: Post-disaster Cleanup Is Expensive, Time-consuming and Wasteful

COMMENTARY | Government agencies have detailed plans for responding to disasters, like the Dec. 10-11, 2021 tornados. But one issue doesn’t get enough attention: cleaning up the mess left behind.

Storm Drains Keep Swallowing People During Floods

An alarming number of people (especially children) have drowned after disappearing into storm drains during floods. The deadly problem should be easy for federal, state and local government agencies to fix, but tragedy strikes again and again.

Flash Flooding Highlights Immediate Dangers of Climate Change – Again

Elected officials and activists say state and local governments need to do more now.

Climate Change is Disrupting US Forests and Coasts. Here’s What Ecologists Are Seeing at 5 Research Sites

COMMENTARY | The severity of heat, drought, fires and floods has many researchers questioning whether climate change, fueled by human actions, is progressing faster than predicted and what that means for the future.

High-Tide Flood Risk is Accelerating, Putting Coastal Economies at Risk

COMMENTARY | The frequency of high-tide flooding along the U.S. coasts has doubled since 2000, and it’s expected to increase five to 15 times more in the next 30 years.

For Flood-Prone Cities, Seawalls Raise as Many Questions as They Answer

COMMENTARY | Urban leaders and elected officials at all levels of government need to consider carefully before they invest billions of dollars.

‘Managed Retreat’ Can Reinvent Cities While Protecting Lives When Climate Change Floods, Burns or Bakes the Land

COMMENTARY | Low-lying communities near rivers and bays face increasing risk of flooding.

Below Aging US Dams, a Potential Toxic Calamity

Documents suggest that in more than 80 U.S. locations, the failure of an aging dam could flood a major toxic waste site.

Smart, Proactive Land Management Crucial as Flooding Intensifies

COMMENTARY | Here are four ways to avoid the loss of life and expansive and expensive property damage while maintaining healthy watersheds.

Report: Flooding has Devastating Effects on Affordable Housing

People of color, seniors and the disabled are most at risk of flooding's financial and health risks, according to academic research on coastal areas in the U.S.

Sensors Show How Rising Seas are Inundating One City’s Stormwater System

Norfolk, Virginia found tidal backflows reduced stormwater capacity by about half in some areas.

With New Funding Elusive, a Governor Turns to Planning to Address Flood Hazards

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf outlined a three-pronged initiative this week. “It’s the best we can do right now,” he said.

Homes Are Flooding Outside FEMA’s 100-Year Flood Zones and Racial Inequality Is Showing Through

COMMENTARY | New risk models show nearly twice as many properties are at risk from a 100-year flood today than the government's flood maps indicate.

Watchdog Finds Legacy System to Blame for Delayed FEMA Data Reporting

The system used to track data from the flood insurance program lacks automation.

A Town Turns to Analytic Modeling—and Data-Sharing—to Improve Flood Monitoring

The town of Cary, N.C., is launching a new flood-monitoring system that uses analytic modeling to predict near-term flooding. The data is shared with neighboring communities, warning officials that downstream flooding could be heading their way.

The Worst of Hurricane Season is Likely Still to Come

Nine named storms have already formed during the 2020 hurricane season, which began June 1 and ends in November. Experts are predicting as many as 16 more.

Report: High-Tide Flooding Broke Records Last Year. It Will Probably Keep Getting Worse.

Nineteen locations around the country in 2019 set or tied records on the number of flood days, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found.

Despite Mitigation Efforts, Watchdog Finds Rise in Repeatedly Flooded Properties

The Government Accountability Office says steps like acquiring and demolishing flood-prone homes won't be enough to shore up the finances of the National Flood Insurance Program.