Resilience NEWS

Insurance company drops suits over Chicago-area flooding

Des Plaines flood photo

An insurance company has dropped its unprecedented lawsuit that had claimed that nearly 200 Chicago-area communities didn’t do enough to prevent last year’s widespread flooding. The class-action lawsuits were filed by Farmers Insurance Group in Cook and the collar counties, ostensibly on behalf of more than 600 property owners affected by the flood, and sought to make the local governments reimburse the insurance company for claims it paid out to those property owners. In a move that took the defendants by surprise, it was withdrawn less than two months after it was filed…

 

Kerala plea to treat lightning strikes as natural disasters

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has requested the Centre to categorise lighting strikes under natural disasters and extend financial aid for loss of life and property. He said this while inaugurating a one-day workshop on ‘Hazards of lightning and protection strategies’ here on Friday. The event was organised by the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology, and Environment and the Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action. The disastrous impact of lightning needs to be seen as a natural disaster that needs to be addressed the way other natural disasters are in terms of aid to victims. He has already taken up the issue with the Union Cabinet, including the Prime Minister, but he regretted that the Planning Commission thought otherwise…

 

10 ‘Golden Rules’ for Strategic Flood Management

Madeira-floods

While the authors acknowledge the “remarkable progress in cultivating the concepts of flood risk management” that has taken place over the last few decades, they also recognise that “the challenge now is to turn the now commonly accepted concepts of managing risks and promoting opportunities into common flood-management practice”. The authors argue that SFM can play a pivotal role in promoting desired “societal, environmental and economic outcomes” over and beyond the often narrowly defined single-objective nature of flood control…

 

U.K. to face heavier, more frequent summer downpours, more destructive flash floods

Global warming could cause extreme summer downpours to become several times more frequent in the United Kingdom by 2100, a new study suggests. Its authors say this will likely lead to an increased risk of flash flooding, similar to the Boscastle floods of 2004 and the “Toon Flood” in Newcastle in 2012. Global warming could cause extreme summer downpours to become several times more frequent in the United Kingdom by 2100, a new study suggests. Its authors say this will likely lead to an increased risk of flash flooding, similar to the Boscastle floods of 2004 and the “Toon Flood” in Newcastle in 2012…

 

Detroit Named No. 1 Safest City…From Natural Disasters

Detroit has had its share of negative news over the past few years — political corruption, high crime, bankruptcy and droves of residents moving out of the city, to name a few. But in a national safety ranking, Detroit tops the list in a positive way. Based on six categories of weather statistics from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an analysis by insurance shopping network Homeownersinsurance.com has named the nation’s top cities safest from natural disasters in a recent article. Detroit was ranked No. 1, ahead of Charlotte, N.C., San Francisco, Denver and Boston…