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Floods Becoming More Intense in Tennessee

Floods are becoming more intense in Tennessee, and flooding is the state’s second most common natural hazard, occurring on average every 10.2 days...
June 14, 2017

Tennessee Floods

Floods are becoming more intense in Tennessee, and flooding is the state’s second most common natural hazard, occurring on average every 10.2 days. 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, 26 federal disasters and emergencies were declared for floods and severe storms in Tennessee, which exceeded $792 million in total assistance from the U.S. government.

Twenty communities in Tennessee participate in the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System (CRS). The voluntary program provides reduced insurance premiums in communities that proactively implement flood plain management practices—such as acquisition and relocation of flood-prone structures, elevation of structures, and flood proofing—that exceed the program’s minimum requirements.

CRS is a voluntary program for National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) participating communities. The goals of the CRS are to reduce flood damages to insurable property, strengthen and support the insurance aspects of the NFIP, and encourage a comprehensive approach to floodplain management.

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