Millions of Americans think they’re safe from flood waters. They aren’t.
Some federal flood maps haven’t been updated in years. This new, nationwide flood risk tool includes projections to 2050.
KYLE BAGENSTOSE, DINAH PULVER AND KEVIN CROWE, USA TODAY
UPDATED 8:06 A.M. CDT JUNE 29, 2020
A new, nationwide flood modeling tool released Monday paints a picture of the U.S. as a country woefully underprepared for damaging floods, now and in the future.
The federal government’s best efforts to predict where flooding will strike have underestimated the risk to nearly 6 million homes and commercial properties primarily in the nation’s interior, leaving them unprepared for potential devastation, the analysis shows.
Meanwhile, the model prepares residents of coastal states and cities for risks to come as their communities head toward a future of more intense storms and rising seas.
Experts say the analysis is the latest evidence of a decades-long bungling of flood planning and policy at multiple levels of government across the country. And it presents difficult new questions about who will pay billions of dollars to save communities from going underwater: homeowners, towns and cities, or the U.S. taxpayer?
“Who is going to pay and how we are going to pay, is the ultimate question,” said A.R. Siders, a professor at the University of Delaware’s Disaster Research Center.
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