Flood insurance premiums in Kansas are on the rise

Flood Insurance

Poorly constructed levees cause rise in flood insurance coverage Residents of Topeka, Kansas, could be paying more for their flood insurance policies due to poorly designed levees along the Kansas River, which may also be keeping many businesses from coming to the city. These levees were built between the 1950s and 1960s, when it was considered an adequate construction practice to include wooden parts into the levees themselves. Within a decade of their construction, these wooden parts began to rot due to their exposure to water, thus making the levees…

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Army Corps of Engineers warns that last year’s floods could spur yet more damage along the Mississippi River this year

Last year’s record breaking floods along the Mississippi River could put a significant amount of people in danger of similar events this year, according to the Army Corps of Engineers. The events of last year have dealt a significant amount of damage to protective structures that block floods, such as levees and overflow channels. The communities that were affected by these events last year will be notified of the Army Corps of Engineers concerns in February. The Corps has identified several places where floods could be a major problem this…

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