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Report: 1 in 5 California Citizens Lives in Flood Zone

California is suffering from one of its driest winters on record, but some statewide water managers are focusing on the opposite end of the precipitation spectrum – the one-in-five residents who live in regions prone to catastrophic flooding. A joint …

FEMA Buying Out 90 Flood Damaged Vermont Homes, So Far

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has agreed to buy out a total of 90 properties across Vermont that were damaged by Tropical Storm Irene and other 2011 flooding. Eight structures were deemed ineligible for the federal hazard mitigation program and …

Connecticut Homeowners Face Stark Choices After Sandy

Jackie Beagon loved her life along the Connecticut coast, where she and her husband walked to the beach and church and bicycled around the neighborhood. But Superstorm Sandy ripped it all apart, and the couple was forced to sell their …

N.Y. Gov. Proposes to Spend Up to $400M to Buy Out Storm-Wrecked Homes

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to spend up to $400 million to buy and demolish homes wrecked by Superstorm Sandy and permanently preserve the land as undeveloped coastline.A Cuomo administration spokesman confirms the state would use a portion of …

FEMA Likely to Expand Flood Zones Along N.J. Coast in Wake of Sandy

The federal government is poised to expand flood zones and push for increases in building elevations along the New Jersey coast in the wake of flooding from Hurricane Sandy. The Federal Emergency Management Agency was planning to revise flood-elevation rules …

More Fargo, North Dakota Properties Might Need Flood Insurance

Several thousand property owners in North Dakota’s largest city could fall under federal flood insurance requirements based on a preliminary new flood plain map for Fargo. About 500 structures are affected by the current flood plain. Under the Federal Emergency …

FEMA to Give Partial Credit for Substandard Levees in Drawing Flood Zones

A levee isn’t perfect, but it exists and that should count for something when deciding if a property is at risk for flooding. That’s the position of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in a new proposal that would break from …