Costal and inland flooding alike will shape the nation’s future.
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As the climate crisis causes sea levels to rise, many costal areas in the U.S. have to meet a recurring problem: floods.
Communities in Michigan, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania were slammed with intense floods in 2021, causing casualties and extensive property damage.
Floods can be deadly and costly, too.
Rebuilding homes, infrastructure, and providing disaster relief services can cost billions of dollars every year.
Researchers modeled how flood risk will increase by 2050. They found it will disproportionately affect various racial and socioeconomic groups.
-Oliver Wing, study co-author, in a statement
Here are 9 charts that show the true cost of floods:
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“Without policies to direct new development into safer areas, the contribution of population growth to future U.S. flood risk exceeds that of climatic changes [alone].”
Wing et al, study authors
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