More than 8 million Americans live in high-risk flood areas, and the number is expected to climb sharply as the climate changes. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, ProPublica is investigating the government’s response to disasters, and how coastal communities build and rebuild despite the threat.
The Senate may soon vote on legislation that would require FEMA to prepare more accurate maps before flood insurance rates can be raised.
When Superstorm Sandy struck New York and New Jersey last year, the accuracy of FEMA’s flood-risk maps for the area, used to help guide development and set flood insurance rates, varied widely. In some cases, the data behind the maps dated as far back to the 1970s. Click a county below to see more about FEMA’s data for that county.
The agency ignored state and city officials' appeals to update the maps with better data until it was too late.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has failed to set up a body that would make recommendations on how to deal with rising seas.
Homeowners have to bear the cost of fixing the agency's mistakes.
A Q&A with Professor David Maidment on what makes today’s maps 10 times more accurate than the ones much of the country is still stuck with
Certain federal programs encourage developers to build and rebuild in areas that are increasingly vulnerable to flooding and hurricanes.
FEMA's released new, preliminary flood insurance maps for New York City, which specify how likely areas are to flood. The new maps, which replace maps that used data from 1983, double the number of structures in flood zones.
A 2012 law now puts over 67,000 New York City structures at risk of skyrocketing flood insurance rates. Can Bloomberg's ambitious plan save the city's coastal neighborhoods?
Funding to update the nation’s decades-old flood maps has been cut in half in recent years, even as extreme weather has grown more frequent.
See where the over 20,000 SBA rebuilding loans are, half of which fall in FEMA's new advisory flood zones.
A ProPublica/WNYC analysis shows the federal government has approved $766 million to rebuild in areas prone to flooding.
Though the Sandy relief bill passed both the Senate and the House, many members of Congress voted no despite their own states receiving millions of dollars in federal disaster assistance in 2012.
Bills that passed almost unanimously in 2005 have run into trouble this time around.