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As Sea Levels Rise, Homes Continue to Sprout in U.S. Flood Zones

NEW YORK — New homes are going up fastest in high-flood risk areas in many U.S. coastal states, scientists said on Wednesday, despite increasing awareness that global warming has made living in such areas even more risky. Science and communication …

Restrictions Proposed for Building in Oregon Flood Plains

Building in flood zones is about to get harder across much of Oregon, due to new federal recommendations. The government published the recommendations, called a biological opinion, in response to a lawsuit from environmental groups. The Audubon Society of Portland, …

Insurance Spike Feared by Indiana Homeowners in Flood Zones

Sunset Drive homeowner Wally Cantrell’s finished basement was destroyed in the June 2008 flood in Columbus, but his flood insurance policy helped cover a good bit of the repairs. Now, Cantrell wonders if he will soon face a related disaster …

Connecticut Shoreline Avoids Zoning Changes After Storms

After hundreds of homes were damaged or destroyed by storms raking Connecticut’s shoreline, a state task force recommended that local zoning codes be changed to reflect rising sea level and new flood elevations. But changing zoning laws that might lead …

New Maps Show 35K More New York City Buildings in Flood Zones

About 35,000 homes and businesses in New York City and Westchester County are being added to flood zones under new preliminary federal maps. They’re expected to affect flood insurance rates and zoning rules. FEMA released revised maps Monday for parts …