From The Headlines

A clearer picture on flood risk

A group of university researchers called the First Street Foundation released a new tool for assessing flood risk this past week, which shows 70% more properties at risk than the current maps from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The new maps list 400,000 more parcels at risk across Michigan with 39,744 in Detroit and 11,916 in Warren. An important divergence between these new maps and those FEMA has been using is that FEMA primarily uses historical data to calculate risk whereas First Street is trying to incorporate more data on present environmental conditions, including threats posed by climate change. (Detroit Free Press)