The U.S. spends far more on helping people rebuild after disasters than preventing problems. Nashville's solution? A voluntary program that offers market value for flood-prone homes, razes them, and turns the land into an absorbent creekside buffer.
What if we paid people to leave homes that repeatedly flood? Nashville is doing it, and breaking a cycle of damage and federal insurance payments.
Their homes flooded. Nashville offered to buy their homes. They said yes, and broke the cycle of repeated flood insurance losses that will only get worse with climate change.
Nice look here at the promise, and challenges, of buyouts. ⁦
As the #climate changes and "hundred year" floods keep coming, cities like Nashville, TN are paying residents to move out of harm's way and using land to build flood tolerant buffers and parks. A model for a #ClimateChanged
Nashville buys flood-prone homes and tears them down, a program one seller called "a marriage saver"
Genius! But, what took you so long? "If the owners accept the offer, they move out, the city razes the house and prohibits future development"
After nearly a century of housing policies that subsidized people moving *to* flood-prone places, here's a piece from about an effort to make it easier for people to move out
#NorthMiami and cities across America are working to combat the effects of #climatechange and #sealevelrise. Help , and transform an empty, flood-prone lot in your area! Come out tomorrow and share your ideas! Learn more:
What if we paid people to leave homes that repeatedly flood? Nashville is doing it, and breaking a cycle of damage and federal insurance payments.
As moving becomes an increasing part of adaptation, let's not forget that updated flood risk maps, zoning, urban development plans, & reformed flood insurance programs can also help prevent building in flood-prone areas in the first place
“Every time it sprinkled I got terrified.” Heading for higher ground. explains the government programs that are helping people move.
Nashville is proof buying out flood prone homes can reduce flood risk and build community resilience. Still “the challenges to “overcoming social inertia” are so high because of “the intense sense of place that people have.”
As the floods keep coming, paying residents to move. Great example of adapting to a changing #climate from Nashville as reported by
I wish you could have heard Faye Sesler tell me that Nashville’s home buyout program was a “marriage saver!” —so many syllables! via
As Floods Keep Coming, Cities Pay Residents to Move - The New York Times
Buyouts are an important way to deal with the effects of climate change. And it underscores the urgency of reducing emissions.
One of the things we've talked about in past conversations is the need for front-page coverage of climate issues. I was pleased to be able to tell him of my most recent story, which focused on solutions (which XR recommends), and showed up on the front.