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Nearly 1 in 4 U.S. roads vulnerable to flooding — report

Thomas Frank of E&E News reports that nearly 1 in 4 roads in the U.S. are vulnerable to flooding according to a new report.

The C3 Take
  • The First Street Foundation, a nonprofit research group, has found that 2 million of the nation’s 8.4 million roads would not be able to withstand a flood and would be forced to close.
  • The First Street Foundation also found that 25% of our critical facilities such as hospitals, police, and fire stations would have to close if flooding occurred.
  • This report highlights the need to invest in pre-disaster mitigation and adaptation measures such as infrastructure and flood plains.

“First Street’s latest report builds on its growing analysis of the nation’s flood risk. The foundation-funded group gained national attention last year when it counted the number of homes that face a 1 percent annual chance of being flooded and found millions of homes to be at risk even though federal flood maps placed them outside of local flood zones.”

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