High Cost of Floods in Pennsylvania
Floods and hurricanes are becoming more intense in Pennsylvania. As these events become more serious, the physical and economic damage to communities and the threats to human lives and ecosystems also increase. Between 2000 and 2015, 20 federal disasters and emergencies were declared for floods, hurricanes, and severe storms in Pennsylvania that exceeded $750 million in total assistance from the U.S. government. Further, flooding is the single greatest cause of property loss due to natural hazards in the state: From 1996 to 2014, floods were responsible for $91.6 million a year in losses.