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Government-Produced Flood Maps May Have Underestimated Properties at Risk

First Street Foundation, a nonprofit agency, is making accurate climate change-adjusted flood scores available for every property in the U.S. today. There are government-produced maps showing 8.7 million homes and properties at significant flood risk—and it turns out those may …

Willis Research Network Partners with ‘Cloud to Street’ to Raise Flood Resilience

The Willis Research Network (WRN) has formed a new partnership with “Cloud to Street,” a global flood-mapping and monitoring platform that aims to help governments, humanitarian organizations and private sector actors increase resilience to catastrophic flooding. The partnership will leverage …

Canada Government Must Move Quickly to Map Flood Risks, Insurers Warn

Canada plans to focus its next budget on tackling climate change and its effects but the insurance industry, amid skyrocketing costs, is concerned the government will move too slowly on the key first step of mapping flood risks. Flood mapping …

Scientists Vow to Report Flood Risk for Every U.S. Property for Free

In a major research undertaking, a group of scientists and a technology nonprofit technology organization have set a mission to calculate the past, current and future flood risk of every property in America. While institutional real estate investors and insurers …

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

When Hurricane Harvey sent two feet of water rolling into this small community about 35 miles north of Houston, Alfredo Becerra had to flee his modest 1,500-square-foot house. Muddy floodwater submerged the furniture and ruined carpet inside the construction worker’s …

Floodplain Changes Approved for North Carolina Beach Community

North Carolina’s floodplain mapping officials have approved an appeal of severe flood zone restrictions for a beach town, meaning property owners may save some money. The StarNews of Wilmington reports the N.C. Floodplain Mapping Program approved the appeal from New …

Consumer Group Warns on Trump Budget Cut of Flood Map Funds

A proposal by the Trump administration to cut $190 million in funding for updating U.S. maps of flood-prone areas would trigger higher insurance rates or more homebuilding in risky locations, a consumer group said on Monday. Flood-mapping provides important details …

Private Flood Insurance a Focus for Pennsylvania Insurance Department in 2017

The Pennsylvania Insurance Department has a plan to continue furthering its initiatives within the private flood insurance market in 2017. This comes after the North Central part of the state of Pennsylvania saw flooding in many areas outside of identified …

New FEMA Flood Maps Bring Some Relief to New Jersey Coast

More than seven months after Superstorm Sandy devastated parts of the Jersey shore, thousands of homeowners are getting some relief from crushing rebuilding and insurance costs. The federal government has updated its flood maps laying out the likelihood of damage …

New York Officials: Include Hudson Areas in Flood Study

New York officials are calling on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to include Hudson River communities in a $20 million study of flood-prone areas in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Sen. Charles Schumer says local governments and groups like …