Should We Keep Living in Disaster-Prone Areas?

Should We Keep Living in Disaster-Prone Areas?

By Jennifer Pattison Tuohy
After a year of ecological calamity, experts wrestle with whether or not we should rebuild in risky areas—and who will pay for it if we do.

From Tornado Alley to the burning West, from the saturated South to the nor’easter-prone North, natural disasters are bearing down on the U.S. with disconcerting regularity. But these natural disasters are disastrous only because we are in their path. With the bill for 2017’s hurricanes, wildfires, and other catastrophic weather events hitting $306 billion in damages, perhaps it’s time to reset our expectations about how and where we build. 

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