The states — from the Gulf Coast, the West and Midwest — along with dozens of municipalities are trying to block rate hikes under the National Flood Insurance Program.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development disproportionately sells homes in flood-prone areas, NPR finds. Housing experts warn that this can lead to big losses for vulnerable families.
About 15 million properties in the U.S. are prone to flooding, but patchwork and ineffective disclosure laws mean most people get little to no information about flood risk before they move.
These homeowners are eligible for federal help, but a new report finds that FEMA often fails to provide that assistance.
States including Virginia and Texas have set aside significant money to address flooding. Local officials hope it will help pay for flood prevention projects that the federal government won't fund.