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.
Some pumps can now withstand temperatures as low as 20 degrees below zero.
Project currently underway in Ithaca, N.Y., could be replicated in other locations with public financing.
City officials want homes to be able to withstand EF-2 or EF-3 tornadoes.
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