Climate Change Poses Huge Risks to Housing Markets, Taxpayers Are Covering the Costs

Climate Change Poses Huge Risks to Housing Markets, Taxpayers Are Covering the Costs

  In the last 20 years, the U.S. has seen an average of almost seven natural events per year that each produce damages in excess of $1 billion. In the aftermath, not only are homeowners waiting an average of 5 years for FEMA-backed buyout of damaged homes but there’s growing concern that banks are giving […]

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Mayor Stephen Hagerty: Buttigieg Plan Is What Communities Need to Respond to Natural Disaster

Mayor Stephen Hagerty: Buttigieg Plan Is What Communities Need to Respond to Natural Disaster

  By Stephen H. Hagerty, Mayor of Evanston, Illinois Our nation is facing a heightened risk from natural and man-made disasters. Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires, active shooters. We see it practically every time we turn on the television, pick up a newspaper, or glance at social media. Due to a changing climate, so-called 100-year flooding […]

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Barry May Hit NOLA, Poses An Unprecedented Threat

Barry May Hit NOLA, Poses An Unprecedented Threat

On Wednesday, New Orleans got a preview of coming disasters.  Severe thunderstorms that dumped between 6 and 7 inches of rain on the city in just 3 hours prompted tornado warnings and inundated the downtown area with water, causing transportation snarls and even forcing City Hall to close. Just as government forecasters announced that they expect 2019 to break annual flood records nationwide, the first real storm threat of the season “Barry” is lurking in the Gulf of Mexico setting its sights on the Louisiana coast (possibly New Orleans) but it is still not clear where it will make landfall.  

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Houston Residents Sue Army Corps of Engineers for Harvey Flooding

Houston Residents Sue Army Corps of Engineers for Harvey Flooding

Yesterday a federal claims court began to hear arguments in a novel case in which private homeowners in Houston are arguing that the Army Corps of Engineers is liable for intentionally flooding their homes during Hurricane Harvey.  Ordinarily private citizens cannot sue the federal government for damages caused by the government doing its job.

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Mississippi River: Great Flood of 2019

Mississippi River: Great Flood of 2019

Flooding on the Mississippi River has now exceeded the “historic” 1993 flood, as Accuweather reported that the river officially crested at 22.70 feet at Rock Island, Illinois on Thursday night, which broke the previous record of 22.63 feet that was set on July 9, 1993, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) at the Quad Cities Office. 

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Climate-driven flooding ruptures dike in Montreal

Climate-driven flooding ruptures dike in Montreal

Over the weekend, rainfall and melting snow caused widespread flooding across eastern Canada. As CNA reported, over 6,500 people were told to quickly leave their homes near Montreal late Saturday and early on Sunday after floodwaters breached a dike at Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, causing a surge of water of up to 5 feet to crash through the area.

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