Storm Harvey-Style Flooding Need To Worry All Individuals—Commentary

Many communities along U.S. coastlines have begun to take heed and have slowed development in coastal flood zones.
The bad news, as Harvey shows, is that inland communities are also at risk – and in some, development in flood zones is increasing.
We found that while new urban development in flood zones near coasts has generally declined, it has grown in inland counties.
It implies that people who have experienced flooding on the coast migrate inland, but may not realize that they are still vulnerable if they relocate to an inland flood zone.
Catastrophic flooding in Houston from Hurricane Harvey is the latest reminder that floods kill more people in the United States than any other type of natural disaster and are the most common natural disaster worldwide.

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