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    The time has come. We need to reform how, where, and if we rebuild and the costs of insurance.

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    Hurricane Ian: Americans urged to weigh risks of rebuilding in vulnerable areas​

    Edward Helmore
    The US Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) administrator, Deanne Criswell, asked Americans on Sunday “to make informed decisions” about rebuilding in vulnerable areas hit by natural disasters intensified by the climate crisis.

    “People need to understand what their potential risk my be whether it’s along the coast, inland along a riverbed or in tornado alley,” Criswell told CNN’s Face the Nation. “People need to make informed decisions about what their risk is and if they choose to rebuild there they do so in a way that’s going to reduce their threat.”



    Criswell’s comments came four days after Hurricane Ian devastated barrier islands and coastal communities around Fort Myers Beach, Florida, with estimates for rebuilding running into the tens of billions.

    The state’s medical examiners commission has confirmed that the storm resulted in at least 44 deaths, most of them due to drowning. Other estimates say the toll was already at 72 – and that is expected to rise.

    Of those dead, half were found in Lee county, which includes Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel and Cape Coral. Meanwhile, the US Coast Guard said Sunday it had suspended the search for 16 people who went missing off the coast of Boca Chica, Florida, on 28 September because of Ian.

    About 70% of the county is without power. Across the state, about 837,000 businesses and homes remained without power on Sunday.

    The Associated Press reported that water was still rising in central Florida, with officials warning that flooding could continue for days, particularly in areas around the St Johns River and its tributaries, which were left swollen by the powerful storm.

    The latest natural disaster to hit the US comes after a series of floods, tornadoes, fires and hurricanes, has laid bare the rising costs of devastation associated with a warming climate.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/oct/02/hurricane-ian-risks-rebuilding-vulnerable-areas
     

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