Carey L. Biron, Thomson Reuters, Oct. 18, 2018
WASHINGTON, Oct 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When flash floods tore through Ellicott City, Maryland, this spring, Governor Larry Hogan called it a “once-every-1,000-year” event – even though it was the second such catastrophe within two years.

Speaking to reporters in May, Hogan was channeling the bewilderment of many communities in the United States at the existential threat posed by the impacts of climate change.

Floods and mega-storms – including two that hit the U.S. East Coast in the past month – are increasingly battering the country, and recovery costs are spiraling upwards.

Yet, the federal government has no overarching plan to deal with a crisis that is likely to render many communities unsustainable, with some experts already calling for a “managed retreat” to safer areas away from coasts and rivers.

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