flood risk

Inland communities bear the brunt of hurricane-related flood damage

Work by UI researcher sheds new light on the expansive effects of hurricanes
When most people think of hurricanes, they think of mighty storm surges pounding coastal communities. But a team of researchers who studied 28 hurricanes from 2001 to 2014 found that freshwater flooding, sometimes thousands of miles inland, can cause even greater destruction.
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Flood threats changing across US

UI study finds flood risk growing in the North, declining in the South
A University of Iowa study finds the threat of flooding is growing in the northern half of the United States and declining in the South. The findings are based on water-height measurements at 2,042 stream and rivers, compared to NASA data showing the amount of water stored in the ground.