Flood Insurance

Mexico City, Florida

FEMA Flood Insurance Updates Reflect Actual Risk to Each Home

Changes to how FEMA calculates flood risk will assess risk at a home-by-home level, rather than estimating the same risk to all homes in the same floodplain.

October 13, 2021 - Grist

Harvey Floods Houston

NPR: HUD Sells Flood-Prone Homes Without Disclosing Risks

The troubling trend is particularly pronounced in lower-income communities, where experts worry households are being inadvertently set up for big financial losses.

September 28, 2021 - NPR

Harvey Floods Houston

The Racial Inequity of Disaster Recovery

Disaster recovery in the Houston area has been inconsistent, with low-income residents of color continuing to struggle to put their lives and communities back together.

August 27, 2020 - Urban Edge

Chicago Extreme Weather

New Study Reveals Massive, Unaccounted Flood Risk

The Federal Emergency Management Agency undercounts the humber of homes at substantial risk of flooding by some 70 percent, according to a report released this week.

June 30, 2020 - The Washington Post

Clear-Sky Flood

Where Cities Flout Flood Protection Rules, the Public Still Subsidizes Insurance

An investigation by the New York Times reveals the ongoing neglect of flood considerations in developing parts of the United States—practice that comes with large costs to the taxpaying public.

April 28, 2020 - The New York Times

Cedar Rapids Floods

Coastal States Are Building in Flood Zones Faster Than Anywhere Else

Here's a trillion dollar real estate market on the coasts of the United States—and it's building itself into rising levels of risk.

August 5, 2019 - The New York Times

North Carolina Flooding

Looking Beyond FEMA Flood Maps, Cities Raise the Bar for Buildings in Floodplains

Cities across the country are developing floodplain construction standards that are more stringent than those required by FEMA.

April 2, 2019 - Inside Climate News

Erskine Fire

In California, Policies Spur Rebuilding in the Wildland-Urban Interface

After the worst wildfire season ever, changes to local land use and state insurance rules essentially ensure that the same thing will happen again.

March 9, 2018 - Bloomberg BusinessWeek

Florida Flood

Jacksonville's Radical Attempt To Curb Flooding

Jacksonville's urban core population has been cut in half over the last four decades. Now a new plan seeks to remove another neighborhood in an effort to fight flooding issues.

November 29, 2017 - Modern Cities

Hurricane Harvey Flooding

A Hurricane's Impact on Houston Commercial Real Estate

Houston's commercial real estate market, including some 72,000 apartment units, has been severely impacted b Hurricane Harvey.

September 20, 2017 - Modern Cities

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