Cities Widely Ignore Federal Flood Protection Rules, With Few Penalties

New York Times, Apr. 9, 2020–Christopher Flavelle, John Schwartz
It’s a simple rule, designed to protect both homeowners and taxpayers: If you want publicly subsidized flood insurance, you can’t build a home that’s likely to flood. But local governments around the country, which are responsible for enforcing the rule, have flouted the requirements, accounting for as many as a quarter-million insurance policies in violation, according to data provided to The New York Times by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.