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In this Issue of Welcome to the Flood Zone:

In the News: "National Flood Insurance Program Gets Stopgap Fix" and "Where Did the Beach Go? Dramatic Erosion in Nags Head"
Resources: Resources for the Future, NOAA's Office for Coastal Management, and Ready.gov
NFIP Terminology: Breakaway Wall
Real Estate Corner: "Real Estate Booms in Brooklyn's Most Flood-Prone Areas: Study" and "Rising Risks: Waterfront Real Estate in Boston Rises In the Face of Stronger Storms"

Banner Image: Severe flooding in Hersheypark, Hershey, Pennsylvania. The park has since reopened, but as of July 25, several rides were still closed. Photo from Pennlive.com, July 25, 2018.


In the News

National Flood Insurance Program Gets Stopgap Fix

By Stuart Korfhage, The St. Augustine Record, July 31, 2018

It's official - the NFIP has been reauthorized for another short-term extension to get us through hurricane season to November 30, 2018. S.1182, the “National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act of 2018,” was signed into law yesterday.

"The move was a relief to those who are required by their mortgage companies to carry flood insurance because there are not always private options outside of the government-funded NFIP. The program would have ended at midnight Tuesday, which could have disrupted real estate closings."

Read more!


An escarpment is a long cliff or steep slope separating two comparatively level or more gently sloping surfaces and resulting from erosion or faulting. It can also refer to the bottom of a cliff or steep slope.

Where Did the Beach Go? Dramatic Erosion in Nags Head

By: WAVY, WNCT9, July 25, 2018

Escarpments on the beach are not uncommon. But recent storms and heavy winds took a pretty deep gouge at a large portion of Nags Head Beach in North Carolina. Locals said it was something you had to see to believe.

Read the article.

Learn more about beach erosion in North Carolina.




Click on the photo to read "How Do Homeowners Value Flood Insurance? Examining a Troubling Contradiction" by Andrew Royal.

Resources for the Future (RFF)

Resources for the Future is an independent, nonprofit research institution in Washington, DC, which was founded as a result of a 1952 presidential mandate to examine the nation’s use of natural resources and implications for the future of the US economy and national security. Their mission is to improve environmental, energy, and natural resource decisions through impartial economic research and policy engagement. There are many great publications on flood risk perception, risk reduction, climate change, coastal resiliency, and flood insurance affordability and demand.

Click here to visit RFF's website!


NOAA's Office For Coastal Management

Find information on NOAA's State and National Coastal Management programs. State pages provide "fast facts" about the local coastal population and area, hazards, land characteristics, economy, local organizations to find more information, and interesting news articles!

Click here to learn more. Use the State Programs link in the banner to find your state's page.


Safety Tips for Hurricane Season

Ready.gov compiled a checklist for all the activities you should consider doing within the days and hours preceding an expected hurricane, as well as tips for during and after the storm.

Click here to review Ready.gov's hurricane preparation checklist!

breakaway wall

Click on the photo to read "Enclosures and Breakaway Walls" from The Home Builder's Guide to Coastal Construction, FEMA Technical Fact Sheet No. 8.1.

NFIP Terminology: Breakaway Wall

Walls enclosing the area below an elevated structure that are designed to break away before transmitting damaging forces to the structure and its foundation. Breakaway walls are required by NFIP regulations in coastal high hazard areas (V-Zones) and are recommended in areas where flood waters could flow at significant velocities (usually greater than four feet per second) or could contain ice or other debris.

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Real Estate Corner

Real Estate Booms in Brooklyn's Most Flood-Prone Areas: Study

By Kathleen Culliton, Williamsburg Patch, July 9, 2018

"More than 3,500 new apartments have been built in flood-prone parts of Williamsburg and Greenpoint since Hurricane Sandy struck New York City in 2012, according to the real estate site Localize.city.

Development has since boomed in the area, with more than 3,590 units going up in northern Brooklyn and almost 2,000 in Long Island City, despite federal data that shows these neighborhoods are most likely to flood."

Read more!

Rising Risks: Waterfront Real Estate in Boston Rises In the Face of Stronger Storms

By Diana Olick, CNBC.com, May 31, 2018

"In Boston, we've spent a lot of time thinking that these impacts are 20, 30 years down the road," said Deanna Moran, director of environmental planning at Boston's Conservation Law Foundation. "The last couple of nor'easters that we've had have made it very clear that these storms are here now. They're happening more frequently. They're more severe."

Read more!


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Image from: "The Truth About Land Investing: 15 Warning Signs To Look For When Buying Vacant Land", by Seth Williams, featured in REtipster

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