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By ICLR | Riverine and urban flood-related news from the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR)

Why Floodplains Could Be California’s Buffer Against Climate Extremes

In just a few short weeks, Californians have been reminded that drought has an evil twin: flooding.<p>Droughts in the Golden State often end with …

Flooding Disasters Cost Billions in 2016

Impacts hit owners of homes and businesses across the country<p>Onlookers stand at the edge of floodwaters washing over Highway 58 in Nashville, North …

Will Houston beef up its flood control rules?

“Planned Retreat” Enters the Climate Dialogue

As sea levels rise, U.S. communities have several strategies to cope with the effects of climate change, the president of the National Academy of …

How to stop the U.S. flood insurance program from drowning in debt

This month, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that its National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) had to borrow another $1.6 …

Insurance

Cities enlist nature to tame rising flood risks

Detroit, Philadelphia, and Houston are among the places investing in 'green infrastructure' that mimics wetlands. It can be cheaper than the …

Climate Change

New Weather Satellites Can Spot Floods Before They Happen

People should go easier on meteorologists when they get the weather forecast wrong. Those guys are doing their best, OK? Plus, they’re dealing with …

Space

Flood disasters more than double across Europe in 35 years

Insurance firm research reveals steep increase in flash floods and says rise is in line with climate change<p>The number of devastating floods that trigger insurance payouts has more than doubled in Europe since 1980, according to new research by Munich Re, the world’s largest reinsurance company.<p>The …

Using Archives of Past Floods to Estimate Future Flood Hazards

Worldwide, floods cause greater economic damage and loss of human life than any other type of natural disaster. We urgently need better assessments …

The anatomy of a useful chart: NOAA's flood forecasts

With thanks to NOAA's incredible data gathering and forecasting activities, I've been obsessed with this chart for the past few days:<p>We used to live …

Tracking Trends in U.S. Flood Risk

For 16 consecutive months in 2015 and 2016, Earth’s climate repeatedly broke global temperature records, in keeping with global warming trends …

U.S. had more floods in 2016 than any year on record

Skip in<p>x<p>Embed<p>2016 really was the year of the flood in the U.S.: In total, 19 separate floods swamped the nation last year, the most in one single …

Flood threats changing across US: Study finds flood risk growing in the North, declining in the South

Study finds flood risk growing in the North, declining in the South<p>A new study finds the threat of flooding is increasing in the northern half of the …

Climate

The Greater New York City Region Must Plan for 'Permanent Flooding'

The Greater New York City region has done good work in the years since Superstorm Sandy to consider storm-related flooding, but a new report by the …

Can Data Extracted from Twitter Help Map Flood Hazards?

Twitter’s 140 characters may be the perfect venue for offhand comments, but the terse notes can speak volumes when it comes to mapping flood …

Boomtown, Flood Town

HOUSTON—For the third time in eight years, water gushed into Virginia Hammond's northwest Houston home.<p>It was 2 a.m. on April 18. Over the next …

Last winter's floods 'most extreme on record in UK', says study

Highest ever rainfall recorded in UK was in December 2015 at Honister Pass in Lake District with 341.4mm falling in 24 hours<p>An appraisal of the winter floods of 2015-2016, published on the first anniversary of Storm Desmond, reveals it ranks alongside the devastating flooding of March 1947 as the …

Why the Feds Protect Some Towns From Flooding and Leave Others Exposed

That a flood is coming for the American coast is obvious.But to understand which towns and neighborhoods might be spared the cataclysm, look at two …

Cedar Rapids

Modeling Rainfall Runoff

Flowing water has tremendous power. It can carry heavy boulders and carve massive canyons. Scientists continually work on understanding the specifics …

Weather

Vancouver Weighs Options for Flood Resilience

Vancouver's False Creek (Photo by Colin Knowles via Flickr)Officials in Vancouver, a city bordered by bays and rivers, are considering several …

Climate Change

Future-proofing urban waterfronts

Hurricane Matthew has brought renewed attention to the importance of adaptive strategies in the planning and future-proofing of our urban …

Sea Level

Coastal wetlands save hundreds of millions of dollars in flood damages during hurricanes

As communities across the Southeast United States and the Caribbean count the cost of flood and wind damage during Hurricane Matthew, a pioneering …

Climate

Flooding of Coast, Caused by Global Warming, Has Already Begun

NORFOLK, Va. — Huge vertical rulers are sprouting beside low spots in the streets here, so people can judge if the tidal floods that increasingly inundate their roads are too deep to drive through.<p>Five hundred miles down the Atlantic Coast, the only road to Tybee Island, Ga., is disappearing …

Climate

FEMA’s Flood Insurance Program Is at the Center of the Climate Change Storm

(TNS) — As the federal government continues its disaster relief efforts after Hurricane Matthew and catastrophic flooding in Louisiana and other …

Insurance May Be Dropped for Properties That Repeatedly Flood

Congress is taking aim at how communities address some of the most troublesome properties that require repeated federal flood insurance payouts under …

Exclusive: This Law Could Stem the Rising Costs of Flooding

Flooding disasters have occurred with increasing frequency in recent years, destroying homes and taking lives. In 2014, floods in the U.S. caused …

Climate Change

Senate Committee Reviews NFIP Flood Maps

This week, the Big “I” submitted a joint trade association letter to the U.S. Senate Banking Committee hearing outlining specific priorities for the …