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FEMA Region III Report: Understanding Flood Dangers in Central West Virginia

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The floods of June 23 and 24, 2016, devastated communities in West Virginia. Repeated rounds of torrential thunderstorms dumped more than 9 inches of rain in the hardest hit areas, and media reports referred to the storm as a “1 in 1,000-year event.” Many residents felt that the flooding was as bad as it could get. However, research by the United States Geological Survey and the Federal Emergency Management Agency shows otherwise. In fact, this type of event could happen more frequently than previously thought. It is critical to understand the June 2016 event so that West Virginia communities can  take action to be safer in the future.

This document includes findings from studies of flood insurance rate maps (FIRMs), as well as insurance, flood risk, and opportunities for government and other partners to mitigate and reduce future risk.

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Icon for file of type application/pdfUnderstanding Flood Dangers in Central West Virginia: Lessons Learned from the June 2016 Flood

This document includes findings from studies of flood insurance rate maps (FIRMs), as well as insurance, flood risk, and opportunities for government and other partners to mitigate and reduce future risk.

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