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Mon Jun 29, 2020, 06:29 PM

Online Map Will Show Flood Risks To Every US Property; Those Risks May Be 70% Higher Than Thought

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A potentially terrifying tool released Monday lets you look up every property in the U.S. and see precisely what flood risk it’s facing—and the risks are likely worse than you think. First Street Foundation, a Brooklyn-based research organization, found that the true level of flood risk across the country is 70 percent larger than what the Federal Emergency Management Agency is telling people through its flood maps.

“This means nearly 6 million households and property owners have underestimated or been unaware of their current risk,” says a First Street press release. And climate change could cause the 14.6 million at-risk properties in the U.S. to reach 16.2 million by 2050—an 11 percent increase, First Street says.

The research, made public on Monday, is the result of a yearslong effort by First Street Foundation and dozens of researchers and data scientists. Now, you can look up properties yourself. Type an address into FloodFactor.com and see the current likelihood of that home or building being deluged with water. The site also predicts how much worse that flood risk will get over the next 30 years because of climate change.

Ed. Contrary to the preceding paragraph, it's not ready yet, but will launch in a few weeks. You can sign up for notifications.

Cape Coral, Florida, tops the list of cities with 69 percent of its total properties currently at risk; by 2050 that could grow to 84 percent, says the study. “It’s like Venice almost, everything is canals,” said Jeremy Porter, director of research and development for First Street. Miami still faces massive risks from flooding, but has less total property exposure to flooding than Portland, Detroit, Pittsburgh, or Cincinnati—the Florida poster child for climate risk didn’t even make the top 20 cities.

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https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/9353dv/this-map-shows-which-us-homes-will-flood-over-the-next-30-years-due-to-climate-change

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Mon Jun 29, 2020, 06:34 PM

1. will take a look. thanks.

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Mon Jun 29, 2020, 08:21 PM

2. Not even ready yet.

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