Increasing the risk of flooding for the Americans, but only 7% are ready for the event

Flooding is the biggest natural threat to homes in the U.S., but only 7% of U.S. adults say they have prepared their homes for flooding, the poll shows. Water resources survey from HNTB Corp., Infrastructure company, said that 68 percent of U.S. adults do not recognize the floods as the biggest natural threat to their home or property. "After Hurricane Katrina, I thought America had collectively woke up to a flood risk we face, but instead we went to press the snooze button," Rob Vining, national director of water resources, practice at HNTB, said in a statement. Fifty-five percent of American adults say it is likely they will hit the area with intense storms, hurricanes or floods in the next five years, but 63% say they would not have to put more money in their annual tax measures to protect their neighborhoods and 44% say their region, are poorly equipped to deal with extreme weather. The biggest problem may lie with the uninformed public, Vining says. Almost half believe that the levees in their area will never fail, while the American Society of Civil Engineers last report infrastructure charges America gave our nation dam D-minus grade. "As systems age, the risk increases. Unfortunately, the federal budget for Fiscal Year 2012 is lower than in 2008," Vining said. —UPI

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