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Feds Propose Standards to Reduce Flood Risk

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, also known as HUD, is collecting public comments on a proposal that will hold federal properties to new elevation standards to prevent flooding.

The proposal is aimed at federally supported properties that are under construction or being renovated, including properties where HUD assistance or Federal Housing Administration mortgage insurance are sought. The agency said the proposal was based on flood risks from climate change and sea level rise.

“Critical” properties, such as police and fire departments, hospitals and nursing homes would be required to be elevated either three feet above base flood level or the 500-year floodplain, depending on which is higher.

“Non-critical” properties would be required to be elevated two feet above base flood level or the 100-year floodplain.

Public comments for the proposal will be accepted through Nov. 22.

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