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Massachusetts Bill Seeks to Create ‘Coastal Buyback Program’

A bill filed in Massachusetts Legislature last week would create a “coastal buyback program” allowing the state to purchase land that is repeatedly threatened by damaging tides or is located in flood plain areas. The program is part of a …

Vermont Already Preparing for the Next Big Storm

Vermont and federal officials Monday highlighted the state’s ongoing efforts to prepare for what is expected to be increasingly severe weather, most likely floods, in the coming years as the effects of a warming world continue to be felt. They …

FEMA: 17 New Jersey Towns Recognized for Reducing Their Flood Hazard Risk

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said 17 New Jersey municipalities are being recognized in two awards ceremonies this week for reducing their flood hazard risk through FEMA’s Community Rating System (CRS). Residents in participating municipalities are eligible for incremental premium …

FEMA Grants Helping to Raise Flood-Prone R.I. Homes

The owners of eight flood-prone properties near Misquamicut State Beach in Westerly, R.I., are using federal grant funds to raise their homes and businesses high enough to minimize any future damage. The Westerly Sun reports that eight property owners are …

Hoboken, N.J., Aims to Become National Model for Flood Mitigation

The city of Hoboken, New Jersey, was nearly swallowed by the Hudson River during Superstorm Sandy last year. Three of its electrical substations and most of its firehouses flooded, businesses and homes were submerged, and people were trapped in high-rises …

Local Leaders Planning for Climate Effects

When it comes to climate change, local officials have a message for Washington: Lead or get out of the way. Local governments have long acted as first responders in emergencies and now are working to plan for sea level rise, …

$40M Steel Sea Wall Project for Mantoloking, N.J., Could Start Next Year

Construction of a steel sea wall could start early next year in one of the Jersey shore towns hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy. Bob Mainberger, Mantoloking’s municipal engineer, tells the Asbury Park Press that the bidding process to find a …

Funding Approved for $50M Waterfront Flood-Mitigation Project in NYC

The federal government has approved funding to start a $50 million flood-mitigation project along the Queens waterfront to better protect Howard Beach against rising sea levels and storm surges similar to those that caused extensive damage during Superstorm Sandy, N.Y. …

FM Global Advises Property Owners to Be Proactive, Address Vulnerabilities

Business property insurer FM Global is urging property owners to take active measures now to help prevent potential storm losses as the peak of hurricane season approaches. “A big lesson from Hurricane Sandy is that remaining resilient during natural disasters …

NYC Mayor Bloomberg Proposes $20B Flood Plan After Sandy

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg called for a $20 billion system of flood barriers to protect low-lying areas from storms almost eight months after Hurricane Sandy devastated the region. In a report released today, the mayor made 250 recommendations, including …