Natural disasters affect lives and communities in innumerable ways. Here's some of the coverage about how Hurricane Florence is impacting state and local government, followed by recent Governing stories on disaster planning and recovery across the country.
Tracking Hurricane Florence's Impact and Response:
The drenching rains and massive flooding are expected to inflict a high financial toll on homeowners.
Swollen Rivers Swamp Dumps, Raising Water Pollution Fears (Associated Press)
Several hog farms in North Carolina have flooded, which typically have large pits filled with hog urine and feces that can cause significant water contamination.
Florence Has Made Wilmington, N.C., an Island Cut Off From the Rest of the World (The Washington Post)
“Do not come here,” said Woody White, chairman of the board of commissioners of New Hanover County.
North Carolina has a new law to prevent price gouging, yet it's still happening.
Evacuating Everything But the Jail (The State)
The Al Cannon Detention Center is located in a flood zone and the South Carolina county of Charleston is under a mandatory evacuation, but officials did not clear the jail ahead of the storm.
Hurricane Florence’s Unusual Extremes Worsened by Climate Change (Inside Climate News)
Researchers estimate the storm’s rainfall forecast was 50 percent higher because of global warming.
More Recent Disaster Coverage From Governing:
As cities try to manage their growth, the population of people living in flood-prone areas is actually rising faster than elsewhere.
In moments of disaster, local and federal resources are rarely enough. But another answer is emerging.
A lesser-known provision in the GOP tax overhaul ends the benefits for victims of small-scale disasters.
Most states don't know how much they spend on extreme weather events.
It's not just an environmental issue, and for the first time, researchers have calculated global warming's potential economic impact on each county.
Rhode Island is using new tactics to hold fossil fuel companies responsible for disaster-related infrastructure damage.
Tulsa, Okla., a conservative oil town, serves as an example of how places can overcome politics to prevent damage and save lives.
They're the most vulnerable to disasters, but they don't have to be.