It’s almost like an annual ritual. Every year, some huge hurricane hits the gulf coast and causes massive flooding and total devastation. Thankfully, the death tolls are usually not that high, but the amount of property damage incurred has been staggering.
To get an idea, check out these statistics from FEMA. The graph measures how much money the government paid out for flood relief claims on a year by year basis. This gives us at least some idea of the kind of monetary damage that floods do. On certain rare years, like 1988 and 2014, very little was paid out, as in less than twenty-five thousand for the whole year. 3 years had big spikes associated with them. In 2017 FEMA spent about $90,000. In 2012 it was about $150,000. In 2005 though, all records were broken as FEMA spent well over $200,000 on flood recovery.
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