Floods Dominate Disaster Declarations: Pew
Between 2008 and 2017, 73 percent of presidential disaster declarations issued were for flooding events, according to an analysis of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster declaration database conducted by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Many of these flooding events occurred in landlocked states, with Arkansas topping the list with 17 declarations and Iowa, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Tennessee tying for second with 16 declarations each. The report indicates that federal flood insurance, disaster mitigation, and infrastructure need to be reformed.
President Donald Trump’s administration is planning to make a major infrastructure push in 2018, but the president in August signed an executive order revoking the establishment of a federal flood risk management standard.
“While no one knows what extreme weather will bring in 2018, Americans across the country should be ready for flooding, based on the frequency and magnitude of such events over the past decade,” said the report’s authors.