Special Reuters Report: The High Cost of Building in High Flood Risk Areas

By Benjamin Lesser and Ryan McNeill | December 12, 2017

  • December 13, 2017 at 7:31 am
    PolarBeaRepeal says:
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    Here’s a simple, easy solution which Congress can quickly enact; withhold federal funds from communities that allow new construction in flood plains in direct violation of federal laws. Reduce federal funds to communities which previously allowed new construction or rebuilding in flood plains in violation of federal laws. Use formulas that assess premiums for the increased risk such construction causes. Imprison local officials who knowingly violate such laws. Watch the compliance rate reach 100% almost immediately.

    • December 13, 2017 at 10:54 am
      UW says:
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      It’s not illegal to build in most flood plains. Basically if you have a loan you are required to have flood insurance if you are in flood plain.

      So, if somebody builds in say, Miami, which is essentially all a flood plain, the community should lose federal funding and the politicians should go to jail?

      Even more moronic than your plan for the federal government to buy all property in flood-prone areas, and relocate everybody inland. Just stop posting, you are in a fantasy land and wasting space. Get a part time job or a hobby and stop posting here all day every day.

      • December 13, 2017 at 1:23 pm
        PolarBeaRepeal says:
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        “… most….” … is another obfuscation disguised as a Straw Man Argument.

        There are THOUSANDS of flood plains. There are few that qualify for the definition of high risk flood plain. So, saying ‘most’ is a failed attempt to draw attention away from the subject discussed in the article…

        I am daily accomplishing a key objective of irking Libitterals who believe in schoolbook economics and want to censor me from exposing their lies, data censoring, and misleading posts. It is evident in UNderpants’ last paragraph.

        • December 13, 2017 at 3:12 pm
          Perry says:
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          In FEMA’s terminology, “high-risk” refers to areas where the annual chance of flooding is 1% or higher. And yes, there are thousands of such “high-risk floodplains.”

          UW is correct: there are no federal laws against building in floodplains. There are only rules specifying that communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program must adopt and enforce building codes and floodplain management rules meeting certain minimum standards. Of course, problems with enforcement are what the article is about.

          I’m sure that many of those Monroe County homeowners would have shared your simplistic “Take away their money and throw ’em all in jail” approach—until it became about THEIR home. Then it’s “Get the federal government off my back!”

        • December 14, 2017 at 6:00 pm
          UW says:
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          “who believe in schoolbook economics.”

          Also know as economics backed by decades of studies, data, math, etc. Clown, POS

    • December 14, 2017 at 12:13 pm
      Agent says:
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      Polar, the last time I checked, 50 inches of rain added up to more than 2 feet.

      • December 19, 2017 at 11:23 am
        Confused says:
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        if 0% of rain evaporated, you’d actually be right!

  • December 14, 2017 at 5:58 pm
    UW says:
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    But the moron is the type of conservative that has become the majority who has no positions other than not wanting to pay taxes, being against liberals as a group, and racism. So annoying “libitterals” means he did a good job even if he is 100% wrong, looks like an idiot, and is so uninformed he’s practically in an alternate reality. Total waste of a life.



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