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FEMA Contractors Not Liable for Misrepresentations About Flood Risk

The North Fork of the White River in southern Missouri is a nationally known fly-fishing destination, teeming with brown and rainbow trout. The stream is fed from underground springs in the Ozark Mountains, keeping its waters cool on hot summer …

Researchers Say New FEMA Flood Maps Underestimate Flood Risk

Researchers have used artificial intelligence to predict where flood damage is likely to happen in the continental United States. The findings suggest that recent flood maps from the Federal Emergency Management Agency do not capture the full extent of flood …

Realtors: FEMA’s New Flood Insurance Pricing Looks Promising

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Cyndee Hayden lost everything in a house fire in Philadelphia nearly 30 years ago. Her saving grace: her insurance. Today, she lives on a peninsula in Florida and isn’t naive to think that a storm could …

From New York to Houston, Flood Risk For Real Estate Hubs Ramps Up

The number of properties in the United States in danger of flooding this year is 70% higher than government data estimates, research released on Monday shows, with at-risk hot spots in Houston, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. The higher …

Citing Climate Risk, Investors Bet Against Mortgage Market

NEW YORK — David Burt helped two of the protagonists of Michael Lewis’ book The Big Short bet against the U.S. mortgage market in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis. Now he’s betting against the market again, but this …

Study Indicates Texas Will Experience 100-Year Rain Events More Frequently

Decades of additional weather data have led federal officials to reconsider rainfall totals in Texas that define 100-year weather events and caution that extreme rainstorms will strike the state more frequently. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday released …

Oregon City’s Businesses Frustrated by Delayed Flood Maps

For the past two years, Cheri Lerma of Cheri’s Cafe & Cannon Beach Cookie has spent almost $10,000 on flood insurance she knows she doesn’t need. As a part of a countywide study by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, preliminary …

New Study Finds FEMA Houston Flood Maps Outdated Long Before Harvey

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s flood plain maps for parts of southeastern Houston were woefully out-of-date long before Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas coast, a new study suggests. Researchers at Rice University and Texas A&M University at Galveston studied one …

New Jersey Legislators Tout Flood Insurance Reform Legislation

Five years after Superstorm Sandy devastated towns along the New Jersey shore, Sen. Bob Menendez and Rep. Frank Pallone want changes made to federal flood insurance they said will fix a system that often failed beleaguered homeowners. Speaking Thursday on …

Parts of North Dakota Will Receive Updated Flood Maps

Federal officials say new flood maps for parts of North Dakota are expected to be released in early June. Federal Emergency Management Agency official Ryan Pietramali told the Minot Daily News that science and technology have improved the agency’s understanding …