Flood coverage reassessed in light of climate change

06/11/2009 | NYTimes.com

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said determining the effect of climate change on the National Flood Insurance Program may prove difficult amid forecasts of powerful hurricanes and other extreme weather conditions. The agency is conducting a study to gauge how surging sea levels could change U.S. coastlines and to measure the effect of rising temperatures on inland flooding. The findings could boost insurance premiums and expand flood zones, and might lead to unpopular policies that could affect state economies.

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