Articles by Christopher Flavelle

Some in Congress Question Trump Flood Insurance, Disaster Aid Reforms

The Trump administration’s proposed $12 billion initiative to reduce future flood damage met with skepticism in Congress, as lawmakers warned against diverting emergency funding away from hurricane survivors. “We’ve got folks who are suffering,” said Mario Diaz-Balart, a Republican congressman …

Hurricane-Battered Flood Insurance Program In Need of Funding

The U.S. National Flood Insurance Program, struggling with the costs of this year’s record hurricane season, will run out of money as early as Oct. 23 unless Congress takes action. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, which runs the taxpayer-subsidized flood …

What If an Irma-Like Hurricane Hit the New York City Metro Area?

It sounds like a Hollywood disaster movie. A Category 5 hurricane churning in the mid-Atlantic suddenly veers northwest – and heads straight for New York City. The good news is that, for now, experts agree a Cat 5-sized deluge appears …

New York City Reviews Plans on Flooding After Houston Disaster

New York is reviewing its plans for a massive rainstorm after the flooding that has left parts of Houston underwater for days. “We’re looking at what a Harvey-type event would mean in New York City,” said Daniel Zarrilli, senior director …

Harvey, Houston, America, Politics and Building Codes

Jerry Garcia’s home in Corpus Christi missed the worst of Hurricane Harvey by just a few miles and lost nothing more than some shingles and his backyard pier, which turned up further down Oso Bay. A 5-foot bulkhead and sloping …

Hurricane Harvey Looks to Be First Big Test for Trump FEMA Director Long

Brock Long knew it was just a matter of time. “We’ve gone 11 years without a major hurricane land-falling in the U.S.—that’s a one-in-2,000 chance,” said Long, President Donald Trump’s administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, in an interview …

Trump FEMA Chief Backs Reducing Federal Role in Disaster Relief, Flood Insurance

President Donald Trump’s emergency management director said he’s pushing for an overhaul of disaster relief so that states, cities and homeowners bear more of the costs, and less of the risk falls on the federal government. Brock Long, who was …

Storm-Prone Cities Vie for Environmental Impact Bonds

As climate change pushes U.S. cities to build protections against stronger storms and more frequent floods, the Rockefeller Foundation is helping cities with a novel kind of financing, one that transfers some of the risk of innovative projects from cities …

Senate Confirms New FEMA Chief Long

Brock Long was cleared by the Senate to become President Donald Trump’s emergency-management director Tuesday after gaining the support of one unlikely constituency: environmentalists. While climate advocates panned Trump’s selections to head the Environmental Protection Agency and Energy Department, they …

Rising Seas May Wipe Out Jersey Towns and Millions in AAA Bonds

Few parts of the U.S. are as exposed to the threats from climate change as Ocean County, New Jersey. It was here in Seaside Heights that Hurricane Sandy flooded an oceanfront amusement park, leaving an inundated roller coaster as an …