31 Aug '17, 1pm

Should federal funds be used to help owners rebuild flooded homes in flood-prone regions of the U.S. like Houston?

Should federal funds be used to help owners rebuild flooded homes in flood-prone regions of the U.S. like Houston?

The Natural Resources Defense Council has released a groundbreaking report, Seeking Higher Ground , that takes a hard look at the plight of people whose homes are repeatedly flooded and the difficulties they face in acquiring assistance to move somewhere safer. Under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), a federal disaster aid program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), some of the most flood-prone properties in the country have been repeatedly rebuilt even when it would be less expensive to help homeowners move to higher ground. NRDC has proposed an innovative program that would guarantee a homeowner a buyout of their flood-prone home, enabling them to move to a safer location in the aftermath of a flood. Since 1978, more than 30,000 properties have been flooded so often they’ve been designated “severe repetitive loss properties” (SRLPs)...

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