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Flooding

November 13, 2019, 9am PST
Ellicott City, Maryland, a suburb located 12-miles from Baltimore with a historic Main Street that has experienced catastrophic flooding twice since 2016, offers a case study of the complementary effects of sprawl and climate change.
NPR
November 12, 2019, 8am PST
New analysis of high-hazard dams reveals the ubiquity, and risks, of the infrastructure challenges facing the United States.
AP News
November 5, 2019, 1pm PST
A new model for expected sea-level rise raises alarms about the need to adapt to sea-level rise in coastal cities all over the world.
The New York Times
September 26, 2019, 2pm PDT
The area is especially vulnerable to storm surge, and increased development means more people are at risk when major hurricanes push through.
Vox
September 16, 2019, 5am PDT
The New York Times has published a spectacular mapping and data project to show the extent of flooding along the Mississippi River and its tributaries in the winter, spring, and summer of 2019.
The New York Times
September 5, 2019, 7am PDT
Hurricane Dorian wreaked havoc on the Bahamas for several days before turning toward the Southeastern United States.
Vox
August 21, 2019, 8am PDT
The city of Houston will decide their next mayor in November, in a rematch of the two candidates who ran against each other in a tight runoff election in 2015 as well as a host of additional candidates.
Houston Chronicle
July 26, 2019, 6am PDT
The Onion took some shots at presidential hopeful and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio after summer rain showers flooded streets and sent water cascading into the city's subway system.
The Onion
July 19, 2019, 2pm PDT
Water is encroaching on neighborhoods and shorelines in Detroit at rare levels. Those impacts and many more are considered only a preview of what's to come when the worst effects of climate change strike the Great Lakes region.
The Detroit Free Press
July 16, 2019, 12pm PDT
As the threat of flooding increases, buyout programs to relocate homeowners are a better alternative to rebuilding—for cities and residents.
The New York Times
July 13, 2019, 9am PDT
Setting insurance rates by looking to the past to predict the future doesn’t make sense with increasing environmental uncertainties, argues the California insurance industry.
Voice of San Diego
June 23, 2019, 5am PDT
Climate change and channelization have made high water levels the norm along the river. But low-lying New Orleans lies in its path, and the consequences could be monumental.
Slate
June 22, 2019, 11am PDT
U.S. coastal cities need to prepare for the effects of climate change, but the pot of funding is limited. There’s no way around the fact that there will be winners and there will be losers.
The New York Times
June 22, 2019, 5am PDT
The Boston waterfront has been booming, but the area is extremely vulnerable to climate change and rising sea levels. Measures to address those risks have come just recently.
Bloomberg BusinessWeek
June 10, 2019, 1pm PDT
Recent heavy rains and flooding have put the the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the defensive about its flood control policies and procedures.
The New York Times
May 22, 2019, 8am PDT
Communities need accurate maps and more access to data to increase flood resilience—but right now FEMA's not providing that.
Shelterforce Magazine
May 18, 2019, 5am PDT
Chicago residents living in low-lying parts of the city dread the rainfall that too often brings flooding.
Chicago Tribune
May 15, 2019, 12pm PDT
Residents of Houston are less likely to think of flooding as a concern, or to think development should be prohibited in flood-prone areas, as in the years immediately following Hurricane Harvey.
Houston Chronicle
March 26, 2019, 12pm PDT
Many of the historic towns would disappear if flood buyout programs force residents to relocate.
Scalawag
March 23, 2019, 1pm PDT
The floodwaters still haven't subsided in parts of the Midwest, and lessons about climate change, extreme weather and proactive planning are badly needed to avoid similar catastrophes in the future.
Forbes