Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its seasonal forecast for the spring flooding season showing that nearly half of U.S. states could be at risk. The agency warns that “128 million people face an elevated flooding risk in their communities.” Many of these areas experienced record-breaking flooding last year and are still recovering, including locations in the Midwest and Northern Great Plains, which suffered $10.8 billion in damage to homes, businesses, crops and infrastructure. For people and communities already constrained and fearful, NOAA’s flooding forecast presents a new challenge: responding to disruptive, destructive and potentially life-threatening flooding in the midst of a growing pandemic. And with only 35 percent of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) employees available to deploy, these communities also may not have the back-up they need when it matters most.
ST.LUCIA - More action and funding are needed to protect the region's coral reefs and to conserve fisheries and other marine resources, asserted Karolin Troubetzkoy, special envoy for the Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI).
MIAMI-DADE – The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners today (Feb. 4) passed legislation to help improve water testing for contamination of our Bay and Beaches.