What’s Happening around the Nation?

Oct 25, 2018 | News & Views, What's New

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The Nation–Flooding situations are worsened by poor land use policies,
say presenters (including ASFPM’s Executive Director Chad Berginnis) at the
recent APA conference. Read “Unsustainable
Development Heightens Flood Risk.”

When it comes
to housing markets, buyers and renters do not get the flood-risk information
they need. There are five main ways that the current system fails them. “Why
Americans are in the Dark about Flood Risks” by Carolyn Kousky.

Ohio–The Mitigation
Branch of Ohio’s Emergency Management Agency figures it prevented more than $20
million in damage from the mid-1990s to 2016 by investing in disaster
management before a disaster strikes. The article says between 2012-2016, but
we got the correct figure straight from the horse’s mouth (thank you Mr.

Carolina–This is interesting. NC
leadership offered possible solutions to coastal and inland flooding. A
surprising number said restrict development in floodplains.

Florida–As they built their dream house last
year on the shimmering sands of the Gulf of Mexico, Russell King and his
nephew, Dr. Lebron Lackey, painstakingly documented every detail of the
elevated construction, from the 40-foot pilings buried into the ground to the
types of screws drilled into the walls. Read “Among
the Ruins of Mexico Beach Stands One House, Built ‘for the Big One’.”

Virginia–We all should be keeping our eyes on this
lawsuit. “There are always people saying, ‘We have to stop making the
mistakes of the past.’ But then they continue to let people build on
floodplains. This is at the cutting edge of what will be happening on coastal
communities around the country.”

“In Norfolk, the
city will collect $700,000 less in real estate taxes this year thanks to the
effects of flooding on property values, according to Flood iQ’s data. The
study said that shortfall will only grow in the coming years, unless someone
does something to stem the rising tide.”