Hurricane Michael Was a Deadly Reminder That Many FEMA Flood-Risk Maps Are Faulty

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The Real Deal (11/04/18) Seemuth, Mike

An analysis by coastal geologists from Western Carolina University reveals ongoing problems with flood-risk maps produced by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA’s flood maps placed more than 200 homes in Mexico Beach, Florida, in a zone with minimal flooding risk, but roughly 140 of these homes were demolished by storm surge from Hurricane Michael, which made landfall on Oct 10. The geologists estimate that storm surge from Hurricane Michael rose as much as 19 feet above sea level.

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