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Natural disasters and climate risk: why the industry is worried

Natural disasters and climate risk: why the industry is worried

With just a quick scan of the news, you’d be forgiven for thinking that unpredictable weather events and natural disasters are becoming more frequent.  Yesterday, two powerful earthquakes hit California – one of which measured 6.5 on the Richter scale – and just last month, a report funded by the Insurance Bureau warned that Canada is likely to see a major earthquake in the next 50 years, which could bankrupt insurers…

 

A Wrenching Decision Where Black History and Floods Intertwine

Books and papers drying in the Princeville Fire Department’s former garage. Credit Travis Dove for The New York Times

Books and papers drying in the Princeville Fire Department’s former garage.
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Travis Dove for The New York Times

Betty Cobb’s house is a shell nearly two months after floodwaters went halfway up the walls of her one-story home.

Volunteers have ripped out moldy wallboard. Two small chandeliers hung over the bones of the living and dining rooms, the furniture and the carpeting long gone. On the kitchen counter lay a patchwork of family photographs, their vibrant colors washed away, and a book — “Hurricane Floyd and the Flood of the Century” — saved from the water.

Hurricane Floyd, which roared through here in 1999, was supposed to be just that: a once-in-a-lifetime event that caused flooding the likes of which this town’s residents would never see again…

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