Originally published in USA Today. Read the full article.

“…a recent study by the Johns Hopkins University 21st Century Cities Initiative and the American Flood Coalition estimated that investing $1 billion in projects to prevent or manage flooding would create 40,000 jobs.

The study also looked at counties that had received large payouts from the National Flood Insurance Program. If just 10% of the $4 billion spent on flood insurance payments had been put into building stormwater retention areas or other projects that would make buildings, roads and utilities resistant to or safe from future flooding, it would have created 160,000 construction and retail jobs and prevented tens of millions of dollars in losses from flooding.”

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