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Wed Oct 9, 2019, 04:26 PM

Wealthy counties get many FEMA buyouts of flood-prone homes


Janet Mcconnaughey, Associated Press
Updated 3:17 pm CDT, Wednesday, October 9, 2019

NEW ORLEANS (AP) FEMA buys flood-prone homes more often in wealthy, populous counties than in poor, rural areas, even though lower-income rural areas may be more likely to flood frequently, a new study finds.

The reason is probably that better-off local governments have the resources to apply for and administer the programs and that could keep many of the people who most need buyouts from getting them, according to the study Wednesday in the journal Science Advances.

As climate change increases flood risks, there will be greater need to move people and property out of danger, turning the land to open space, lead researcher Katharine Mach of the University of Miami said during a press teleconference Tuesday.

"When it comes to weather and climate events ... we are unambiguously behind the eight-ball," she said, noting that U.S. storm damages in 2017 alone totaled more than $300 billion. Those included Hurricanes Harvey and Maria and river floods.

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Judi Lynn Oct 9 OP
Demovictory9 Oct 9 #1
CousinIT Oct 9 #2
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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 04:36 PM

1. yep. happens in other states too. NPR did a segment on a upper middle class guy who

was a bit embarrassed about how much financial assistance he got to rebuilt his home. Contrasted with a single mother renter... struggled to get help. part of the difference was completing the paperwork. He had the ability, know how, information, assistance to get his request filed and processed. She did not.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 07:22 PM

2. Her being a female & single Mom likely affected things too. n/t

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Response to Demovictory9 (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 01:28 PM

4. That's very unfair. nt

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 01:26 PM

3. It's very unfair. And living on the coast,*

I've some very strong opinions regarding where many new homes have been built and resent that we taxpayers are obligated to insure these very risky waterfront homes.

*Although on the coast, we're almost 60' above the tidal flooding zone where flood insurance is not required by lenders.

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