Recovery Versus Protection-Based Approaches to Flood Risk Reduction

Working Towards a Framework for More Effective Mitigation in the United States

Authored by: Samuel D. Brody , Wesley E. Highfield , William Merrell , Yoonjeong Lee

The Routledge Handbook of Urban Disaster Resilience

Print publication date:  August  2019
Online publication date:  July  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138886957
eBook ISBN: 9781315714462
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Despite efforts to mitigate the adverse impacts of flooding across the United States, losses from both acute and chronic events continue to rise, particularly in low-lying coastal areas. From 1999 to 2009 the U.S. suffered approximately $33.5 billion in insured flood losses alone. Counties and parishes along the Gulf of Mexico coastline reported almost $21.5 billion of this total. These property damage estimates help solidify what has been generally understood for years: that floods pose a major risk to communities and with increasing development in coastal areas the problem is growing worse.

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