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4 Arkansas Counties Cleared to Get Disaster Assistance

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says four more counties in Arkansas have been approved for disaster assistance as a result of damage from storms and flooding that began May 21. Heavy rains produced record flooding in the state, especially along …

Hawaii Reefs Provide $835M in Flood Protection, Study Shows

Hawaii’s coral reefs provide more than $835 million in flood protection for the state annually, according to a new study. The report by the U.S. Geological Survey, The Nature Conservancy and the University of California-Santa Cruz established the value that …

Federal Government Will Shrink California Beach City’s Flood Zone

A report says a Southern California beach city has persuaded federal officials to exclude about 2,700 coastal properties from updated flood maps, saving homeowners thousands in insurance costs. The Los Angeles Times reported that as a result, homeowners in parts …

Guy Carpenter Licenses the CoreLogic U.S. Inland Flood Model

This post is part of a series sponsored by CoreLogic. 2017 was a game-changing year for the insurance industry. Between the catastrophic deluge of water dumped in Texas from Hurricane Harvey and the unprecedented underinsurance rates of families whose homes …

CoreLogic Identifies Flood and Wildfire as the Two Most Destructive Natural Hazards in 2017

This post is part of a series sponsored by CoreLogic. Annual Natural Hazard Risk Summary and Analysis Details 2017 Natural Hazard Events CoreLogic┬« analyzes and evaluates the number and severity of natural hazard events that occur across the U.S. in …

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 …