FEMA flood maps fail to take climate change into account, and they’re hard and expensive to maintain. Plus, they can be manipulated by local governments.
Last week, Hurricane Harvey devastated the city of Houston. The scale of the tragedy shocked even the National Weather Service. But perhaps the most shocked set of people is the 40 to 50 percent of Houstonians who live outside Federal Emergency Management Agency’s mapped high-risk flood zones and yet still found their living rooms underwater.