The Federal Emergency Management Agency is responsible for drawing the flood maps that determine how much millions of Americans must pay in flood insurance premiums. A number of these maps, however, often rely on outdated data and can mistakenly place homeowners into high-risk flood areas.
ProPublica’s Theo Meyer and Al Shaw join us on the podcast this week to discuss their reporting on FEMA’s flawed flood maps; how Congress has drastically cut funding for updating flood maps in recent years, even as extreme weather has grown more frequent; and how certain federal programs have encouraged developers to build and rebuild in areas that are increasingly vulnerable to flooding.
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