Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018

Flood zone

Analysis finds toxic chemical sites in water's path

Map shows where more than 2,500 sites that handle toxic chemicals are located in flood-prone areas across the country

New York Times

New York Times & Florida International University

Anchored in flood-prone areas across the U.S. are more than 2,500 sites that handle toxic chemicals, a New York Times analysis of federal floodplain and industrial data shows. About 1,400 are in areas at highest risk of flooding. Cases in point: Hurricane Harvey and Texas, Tropical Storm Debby and Florida. And flooding nationwide is likely to worsen due to climate change, a federal government report warned last year.


Another $50 million pledge for Lake O dike repairs

Okeechobee News & TCPalm

Florida Gov. Rick Scott visited Clewiston last week to announce that his proposed budget includes $50 million to help speed repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike at Lake Okeechobee. Scott said his new budget, which he has titled “Securing Florida’s Future,” includes $355 million for Everglades projects. Part of that allocation, $50 million will be budgeted to accelerate repair of the dike.