floodplain News

Michigan Village Starts Flood Recovery, Awaits Funds

LANSING, Mich. — Jenna Hulse was at work out of town as a nurse when she got a message from her brother that a dam three blocks from her house in the Michigan village of Sanford was failing. Six feet …

Hurricane Harvey Research Shows Most Fatalities Occurred Outside Flood Zones

A Dutch-Texan team found that most Houston-area drowning deaths from Hurricane Harvey occurred outside the zones designated by government as being at higher risk of flooding: the 100- and 500-year floodplains. Harvey, one of the costliest storms in US history, …

Flood-Damaged Iowa Homes Torn Down as Ex-Owners Watch

Some former homeowners have been watching their flood-damaged homes in Mason City, Iowa, get demolished. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports former homeowner Sally Pressly said it was hard to watch their homes be torn down, but they’re glad it’s …

Delaware Town Faces Flood Insurance Suspension

Federal Emergency Management Agency says more than 100 Bowers Beach property owners may have to pay more for flood insurance and could lose coverage if the Delaware town doesn’t fix longstanding deficiencies in its program. FEMA announced Thursday that the …

Corps Policy to Strip Indiana Levee of 135 Trees

A Muncie, Ind., greenway will lose more than 100 trees under a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers policy designed to ensure levees are sound. Rick Conrad of the Muncie Sanitary District tells The Star Press the city has to remove …