More than 6.8 million U.S. homes at risk of storm surge damage

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The total reconstruction cost value for these homes is more than $1.5 trillion.

June 17, 2016
More than 6.8 million U.S. homes at risk of storm surge damage

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More than 6.8 million homes along both the Gulf and Atlantic coasts of the U.S. are at risk of storm surge damage, according to the 2016 CoreLogic Storm Surge Report.

The total reconstruction cost value for these homes is more than $1.5 trillion. Storm surge risk varies along the coasts, with variations in water depth and land elevation key factors. There is no location along these shorelines that is entirely free from the risk of storm surge flooding. Parts of the southeastern Atlantic coastline and Gulf Coast rank highest in potential damage, but risk also extends as far north as Maine.

 

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