Last year, nearly 30 percent of new homes in the U.S. had partial or full basements, according to the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction.
New hurricane warning maps will include storm surge data
Superstorm Sandy prompted change to include maps with coloring to represent depth of flash floods.
The federal government will begin graphically representing the danger of floods in its hurricane warning maps. Different colors will be used to show the anticipated depth of approaching flash floods. Severe flooding in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy helped prompt the new mapping format.