New FEMA standards to guard against future floods

Writer: Carolina Guzman
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FEMA finalized a rule today that will help flooded communities build back more resiliently.

On Wednesday, the rule came as part of the U.S. was deluged by early-season flooding from Hurricane Beryl.

The rule is an attempt to guard against future floods.

The new standards will take future flood risk into account, rather than using outdated data.

According to FEMA, it will pay for the federal cost share for these projects, about 75% or more of a project’s total cost.

The new standard will affect all federally-funded projects to rebuild publicly owned infrastructure, including municipal buildings, fire and police stations and hospitals.

It won’t impact private homes.

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