Managing Flood Risk When '1,000-Year' Floods Seem Common

Law360, New York (September 12, 2017, 11:55 AM EDT) -- Hurricane Harvey is the most significant in a recent series of catastrophic coastal and riverine floods impacting communities across the United States. This “1,000-year flood” follows two consecutive years of “500-year” floods in Houston, and Houston is not alone.[1] Just ask Missourians about the “1,000-year” rainfall they experienced this spring,[2] the residents of coastal Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia about Hurricane Matthew, or Louisianans about last August when a no-name storm triggered “1,000-year” rains, dumping over 2 feet of water on parts of Louisiana.[3] And, the...
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