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Housing Market Slows Retreat from Rising Seas, Bigger Storms

Chuck and Terry Nowiski lived in their country-style farmhouse with a wrap-around porch for 36 years before it flooded. After hurricanes Matthew and Florence, they said “yes” to the state’s offer to buy their place and tear it down. Nearly …

Aging Dams Could Soon Benefit from $7B Federal Loan Program

Eight years after Congress created the program, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is taking a first step toward offering more than $7 billion of federally backed loans to repair aging dams owned by states, local governments and private entities …

To Stop Baton Rouge Floods, They’re Carving a 12-Mile River

ZACHARY, La. (AP) — You can’t quite see it yet from Plank Road or La. 19 near Zachary, but work crews are building a man-made river from scratch. Down inside a huge, wide “V” carved out of the earth, concrete …

Gulf Coast, Mississippi River Cities Eager for Flood Funding

ST. LOUIS (AP) — When Hurricane Ida hit last summer, a storm surge overwhelmed a levee and gushed into Ted Falgout’s coastal Louisiana home, destroying his furniture and the beloved framed photos of his twin sons kissing him on their …

Corps of Engineers Considers Nature-Based Flood Control

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is known for damming rivers and building levees to keep waterways at bay. But a new initiative seeks natural flood control solutions as climate change brings increasingly frequent and severe weather events that test …

Questions Continue on $16B Back Bay Flood Plan in N.J.

BARNEGAT LIGHT, N.J. (AP) — Federal officials are trying to explain a proposed $16 billion billion plan to address back bay flooding, one of the major sources of storm damage at the Jersey Shore, but plenty of important questions remain. …

Analysis: Wicker Says Yazoo Pumps Would Alleviate Injustice

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Installing massive pumps to drain water from the south Mississippi Delta would be a way to fight environmental injustice because the pumps would help low-income and minority residents whose lives are disrupted by flooding, Republican U.S. …

US to Urge Barriers, Elevation to Fight NJ Back Bay Flooding

LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — The federal government will recommend flood control measures including storm surge barriers, floodwalls, and elevating homes and other buildings in a report later this year on combating back bay flooding, a major problem in …

Amid Rising Seas, ‘Dry’ Resort is Wetter Than it Likes

OCEAN CITY, N.J. (AP) — Ocean City, New Jersey is officially a “dry” town. In 1879, four Methodist ministers established a Christian seaside resort here with a permanent ban on the manufacture and sale of alcohol — a prohibition that …

Efforts in Cedar Rapids Prompt Drop in Flood Insurance Rates

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — When the Cedar River flooded over 10 square miles of the city in 2008, few property owners had flood insurance _ slowing recovery for residents and business owners as they waited for resources from the …