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Extreme Rainfall Could Cost South Asian Cities Up to $215B Annually by 2030

As global attention focused on hurricanes Harvey and Irma, more than 41 million people across South Asia battled floods and displacement. From Afghanistan in the west to Bangladesh in the east, floods could cost South Asia — home to a …

City in Oregon Suing Over Restrictive Flood Map Recommendations

The city of Coos Bay, Ore. has filed a lawsuit in federal court against the National Marine Fisheries Service over its recommendation for more restrictive floodplain regulations, which would restrict development in most of downtown. The World reported the suit …

Houston Considers Flood Control Projects While Recovering from Harvey

Houston officials say they’re already thinking about how to build and fund projects that will lessen the blow of the next storm, even as the nation’s fourth-largest city continues to recover from Harvey’s devastating floodwaters. Leaders with the U.S. Conference …

Climate Change Altering River Flood Patterns in Europe: Study

Climate change is affecting the timing of river floods across Europe and societies may have to adapt to avoid future economic and environmental harm, scientists said. River floods are among the costliest natural disasters worldwide, causing annual damages of more …

Asia Floods Bring Economic Damages of More Than $10B in July: Aon Report

The vast majority of global natural disasters during July were the result of severe flooding across the Asian region, bringing more than $10 billion in economic damages, according to a report published by Impact Forecasting, Aon Benfield’s catastrophe model development …

Needs of Flood-Damaged Small Businesses in Louisiana Sought in Survey

Louisiana’s flood recovery program is trying to determine the needs of flood-damaged companies by asking small businesses to fill out a statewide survey. The small business survey is expected to take about 10 minutes to complete and doesn’t require supporting …

Louisiana Farmers Could be Helped by $10M Program for Flood Recovery

Farmers and ranchers in 51 Louisiana parishes could be eligible for grants from a $10 million program aimed to help with recovery from last year’s flooding. Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain’s office says the grants come from federal flood recovery dollars …

June Catastrophes Cost Global Economy $5 Billion; U.S. Storms Dominate: Aon

Floods and storms cost the global economy more than $5 billion in June, with most of those losses generated in the United States, according to an Aon catastrophe report. In the U.S., large hail, tornadoes, straight-line winds and isolated flash …

Arizona Prepping for Floods in Wake of Massive Wildfire

A northern Arizona wildfire is nearing full containment and officials say it’s time to take precautions against possible post-fire flooding. Officials say there’s a high risk of flooding during the monsoon, and a community meeting on flooding potential, flood insurance …

Snowmelt-driven River Swelling Forces Evacuation of 90 California Homes

Authorities say 90 homes remain under mandatory evacuation orders following levee breaches along a river in California, the result of the state’s huge springtime snowpack melting in the summer heat. The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office posted aerial photos showing several …