Flood Management

Flooded landscape

U.S. Flooding Facts

  • In recent years, flooding has caused an average of $6 billion a year in property damage.
  • Shrinking forests and wetlands mean a 10-year storm can now produce as much runoff as a 25-year storm.
  • Up to 90% of rainfall in natural areas is absorbed into the ground; 90% of rainfall in urban areas becomes runoff.

For many communities across America, flooding is an expensive, destructive and heartbreaking problem. Over the past decade, floods have caused more than $25 billion in damage in America, destroyed homes and businesses and threatened water quality in our communities. And with 100-year floods and even 500-year floods happening with alarming regularity, we need new solutions to keep our communities clean and dry when the rains come.


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