Wealthy counties get many FEMA buyouts of flood-prone homes

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    Judi Lynn
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    Janet Mcconnaughey, Associated Press
    Updated 3:17 pm CDT, Wednesday, October 9, 2019

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — FEMA buys flood-prone homes more often in wealthy, populous counties than in poor, rural areas, even though lower-income rural areas may be more likely to flood frequently, a new study finds.

    The reason is probably that better-off local governments have the resources to apply for and administer the programs — and that could keep many of the people who most need buyouts from getting them, according to the study Wednesday in the journal Science Advances.

    As climate change increases flood risks, there will be greater need to move people and property out of danger, turning the land to open space, lead researcher Katharine Mach of the University of Miami said during a press teleconference Tuesday.

    “When it comes to weather and climate events … we are unambiguously behind the eight-ball,” she said, noting that U.S. storm damages in 2017 alone totaled more than $300 billion. Those included Hurricanes Harvey and Maria and river floods.


  • #180074

    retired liberal
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    Our government increasingly does not care about poor people, because the poor do not have enough money to warrant paying attention to.
    More and more everything boils down to MONEYMONEYMONEYMONEYMONEY.
    Ifin ya ain’t got none, ya don’t count fer much. They keep telling us to get a job and quick trying to be parasites on the rest of them, as they ship our jobs overseas…

    We are an arrogant species, believing our fantasy based "facts" are better than the other person's fake facts.

    If you are wrong, it will be because you are not cynical enough.

    Both major political parties are special interest groups enabling each other for power and money, at the expense of the people they no longer properly serve…

  • #180094

    Cold Mountain Trail
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    duh.  way more than poor people, & for fuller prices.

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    But there is no climate change, so people who live at Moron Lago have no need for any government program, right?

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