Letters to the Editor

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Tag: flood insurance

March
29th

FLOODS: Good idea to restrict flood insurance

Re: “Group wants moratorium on flood insurance” (TNT, 3-28).

The federal government has subsidized construction in flood zones for years through programs like the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The proposal by the National Wildlife Federation to implement a moratorium on flood insurance policies near Puget Sound is sound public policy that would benefit both the environment and the government.

Programs like the NFIP have placed a great deal of risk on taxpayers while reinforcing poor behavior. Rather than encouraging risk-based, environmentally sensitive planning and reducing flood risk, programs like the NFIP have served to subsidize unwise construction and

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March
9th

FLOODS: Don’t overly rely on levees for flood control

Re: “Pierce County flood control inadequate” (TNT, 3-5).

The plans to manage and upgrade the flood plains of Pierce County need to be careful not to rely too heavily on levees. While levees are an important part of any flood-control program, there’s significant evidence the United States already has enough of them.

Quite often, building levees to protect one area can make flooding worse in another. In many places, leaving flood plains in their natural state (or something close to it) can do more to protect inland residents than any amount of levee construction.

For more than a century,

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