The Rising Toll of Floods | Weathered

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Each year, flooding kills around 100 Americans and displaces some 75,000 from their homes. And as sea levels rise, storms dump more and more rain, and dams and levees continue aging and increasingly failing, the cost of flooding is increasing in communities all across the country. A recent study shows that, between 1988 and 2017, the average annual cost of flooding in the United States rose by $2.5 billion due to the intensification of precipitation alone. So what do we do?

Well, it’s not an easy question to answer. But there are many innovative solutions that communities are taking, from creating multi-use public green spaces such as parks and football fields that can absorb excess water, to restoring and preserving wetlands. In this episode of Weathered, we also explore cost-effective solutions that you can take to harden your home if you live in a flood prone area.

Weathered is a show hosted by meteorologist Maiya May and produced by Balance Media that helps explain the most common natural disasters, what causes them, how they’re changing, and what we can do to prepare.

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