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This Is Uncomfortable

Floods, fires and financial risk: What climate change could do to the financial system

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Aug 5, 2019
A regulator warns the changing climate could cause a financial crisis.
Midwest states are battling some of the worst flooding they have experienced in decades.
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Another day, another storm

by Kai Ryssdal and Liz Sanchez Apr 11, 2019
Businesses in the Midwest are in the process of recovering from last month's floods.
A tractor drives through flooding in Missouri last month. Midwest businesses are struggling to shoulder the financial burden of flooding and storm damage by two recent storms.
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Repairing Nebraska will take money and time

by Erika Beras Mar 22, 2019
Nebraska officials report that the flooding in the wake of the recent "bomb cyclone" has caused more than $550 million in damage.
Floodwaters in Fremont, Nebraska, on March 16.
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Midwest flooding has agriculture reeling

by Kimberly Adams Mar 21, 2019
Nebraska officials estimate that flooding has caused $1.3 billion in damage in the state, more than half of it to crops and cattle. The disaster there and in neighboring Iowa follows a difficult year for both states’ farmers, who’ve been…
Floodwaters in Fremont, Nebraska, on March 16.
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A year after the floods, Texas mulls lessons of Hurricane Harvey

by Andy Uhler Aug 24, 2018
Greater Houston area residents are voting on a bond to fund flood mitigation.
Residents evacuate an apartment complex in west Houston where high water coming from the Addicks Reservoir flooded the area after Hurricane Harvey on Aug. 30, 2017.
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Investors flock to previously flooded Houston neighborhoods with hopes of big returns

by Andy Uhler Aug 22, 2018
Some homeowners are eager to sell, but officials fear new renters will be put in harm's way.
In the Meyerland neighborhood in southwest Houston, Texas, house debris is still being cleared a year after Hurricane Harvey.
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In Baton Rouge, big brands come to help — and get known

by Marketplace Contributor Aug 22, 2016
Tide, Duracell and Clorox are just some of the brand names flocking to the region.
Tide brought a portable laundry services truck to Baton Rouge for the displaced.
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Can flood insurance program afford Louisiana?

by Andy Uhler Aug 18, 2016
The federal insurance program is already $24 billion in debt.
Record-breaking rains pelted Louisiana over the weekend leaving the city with historic levels of flooding that have caused at least seven deaths and damaged thousands of homes. 
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Lawmakers consider flood insurance rules

by Andy Uhler Jan 13, 2016
The government wants more private companies to provide flood insurance so it won't have to.

Mississippi River floods could have a major impact on shipping

by Molly Wood Dec 31, 2015
Record rainfall and floods have already taken lives and damaged communities.