April 01, 2020

A Rising Tide Lifts All Damage Costs: The Need for a Federal Flood Protection Standard

Joel Scata

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, Florence, and Michael; communities across the Midwest covered by water for months; and Tropical Storm Imelda inundating the same Texas towns as Hurricane Harvey just two years prior—these events portend a future characterized by more frequent and severe flooding due to climate change. And all have occurred after the Trump administration revoked Executive Order 13,690 and the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS) in August 2017, leaving new infrastructure projects less prepared to withstand future flood events.

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