FEMA needs to upgrade flood elevation standards, report finds

09/15/2009 | NYTimes.com

The Federal Emergency Management Agency should upgrade the elevation standards it uses to determine whether a house should receive coverage from the National Flood Insurance Program, according to a report from the Institute of Business and Home Safety. The report said the standards are not adequate to mitigate the risks of flooding and sea surges, adding the required elevation did not help save hundreds of coastal homes in Texas from sea surges caused by Hurricane Ike last year.

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