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25% of US infrastructure at risk due to flooding, report finds

Previous reports from First Street have focused on the unknown risk of flooding and inadequate flood insurance coverage faced by American homeowners, many of whom have or often do not. Experts say comprehensive assessments like the new report are important as the country weighs in on adapting to a climate-changed future.

Hameed Moftakhari, assistant professor of environmental engineering at the university, said, “Even if your home is safe and secure from a specific intensity of flooding, if flooding is becoming more common and devastating in your community, your property’s value is at risk as well. could.” of Alabama, which was not included in the First Street Report.

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Where the risk of flooding is highest today

If there’s any ground zero for flood risk in America, it’s Louisiana.

The state is home to six of the top 20 highest-risk countries in the country. Cameron Parish in southwest Louisiana is the most vulnerable county in the US, followed by Orleans Parish, which includes New Orleans.

Jeremy Porter, First Street’s head of research and development, said while New Orleans has adapted its infrastructure and dams to fend off strong storms, sea levels continue to rise and more destructive storms will eventually destroy the city’s current security. can affect.

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