Flood-Threat Assessment Finds Danger Goes Far Beyond U.S. Homes

Flooded plains

The First Street report comes as Congress is debating whether to put trillions of dollars toward rebuilding aging infrastructure—and making it more resistant to extreme weather and flooding being exacerbated by climate change.

October 18, 2021
Leslie Kaufman, Rachael Dottle & Mira Rojanasakul - Bloomberg

If the floods don’t get you, lack of electricity or a swamped hospital might.

Nearly a quarter of U.S. critical infrastructure—utilities, airports, police stations and more—is at risk of being inundated by flooding, according to a new report by First Street Foundation, a Brooklyn nonprofit dedicated to making climate risk more visible to the public.

Around 25% of national critical infrastructure is at risk.

Roughly 14% of Americans’ properties face direct risk from major storms, but the study shows danger extends far from those property lines.

Reprinted courtesy of Leslie Kaufman, Bloomberg, Rachael Dottle, Bloomberg and Mira Rojanasakul, Bloomberg


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