By LIZ LOCKMAN, Associated PressThe Latest on Harvey damage and evacuations, storm surge and flooding in Texas and Louisiana article By JEFF HIGGINS, Associated NewsThe Latest from Washington and across the nation, a new report has found that some states, particularly in the Northeast, are more vulnerable to future flooding, flooding damage and damage to property than others.
The National Flood Insurance Program, or NFIP, is supposed to provide a safety net for those who have insurance to pay for damage from the storm.
But a new study released Friday finds that a wide swath of the country is more vulnerable than others to flooding and damage.
In the Northeast states most at risk from flooding, the researchers say the number of people with NFIP-eligible coverage is much smaller than in states that did not have it, including New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
That’s the result of two things: the size of the coverage pool and the number that are eligible for the coverage.
The analysis also shows that states with high numbers of people eligible for NFIP have more uninsured residents, who tend to have lower incomes.
The new report, released by the Urban Institute, also finds that more people in states with large populations have NFIP coverage than those with smaller populations.
And those with NFIF coverage tend to live in states like New York or New Jersey that have higher incomes and more people.
That means the number with NFIB coverage is a much larger share of the total population in the U.S. compared to states with fewer people.
But while it’s not as bad as the number in New York and New Jersey, the report shows that those with the most NFIB insurance coverage tend not to have the most severe damage or flooding, and those with a smaller pool of coverage are not necessarily the most vulnerable.
In a separate report, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said on Friday that it is preparing for more severe flooding in the months ahead, especially as Harvey approaches.
The agency is considering several scenarios, including flooding that could cause severe damage, the possibility of large-scale flooding in coastal areas and potentially damage to power grids.
The Federal Emergency Services Administration said it has deployed more than 4,000 water rescue teams across the country to help people in coastal and inland areas.
That’s up from 2,800 the previous week.