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Houston Warned on Floods

A new report finds that flood risk in Houston is far more widespread than public awareness.
June 26, 2018

A new report from Zurich Insurance Group, ISET International, and the American Red Cross— “Houston and Hurricane Harvey: A Call to Action”—finds that flood risk in Houston is far more widespread than public awareness. It explains that Houston’s geography, regulatory environment, rapid growth and development, and overlapping government jurisdictions each played a role in the flooding that occurred during Hurricane Harvey last year. The report cautions that poor takeup rates of flood insurance are not unique to Houston and that leaders and residents need to understand there is no single solution to the problem.

Among the report’s recommendations were that leaders and risk managers incorporate forward-looking scenarios that account for increasingly intense storms and sea level rise, improve transparency and communication, and make flood insurance more appealing to homeowners and businesses by pairing it with coverage for other hazards such as fires or floods caused by plumbing problems.

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