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Risky Waters: Buildling Homes in Flood Zones

Governing (Mike Macaig) “West Ashley, South Carolina offers a cautionary tale of floodplain development. Decades ago, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) misjudged how a certain creek basin functioned, so homes were built where officials now say they shouldn’t have been. Floods devastated West Ashley subdivisions in each of the past three years, most recently during Hurricane Irma in 2017. It’s a dire scenario that local officials are trying to avoid on low-lying Johns Island as development accelerates.” Read more