About

Flood Forum USA was launched in April 2017 by Anthropocene Alliance, a Chicago-based 501c3 nonprofit. We help people harmed by flooding from across the US get organized, heard and supported. We aim to help them: 1) envision a safe, prosperous and sustainable future; and 2) develop strategies for attaining it. 

 

We do this by:

  • Acting as a strong and independent public advocate for the millions of people in the US affected by flooding. 

  • Helping communities form neighborhood flood forums that can work together to mitigate the impact of flooding and demand prevention. 

  • Acting as a liaison between the Flood Forums and organizations with the skills and resources to help them: federal, state and local government and their agencies, trade associations, insurance companies, non-profits and businesses.

Our focus is on sustainable solutions to that bring multiple benefits to communities, such as restoration of wetlands and forested areas; upgrading commercial corridors, parks and brownfield sites to manage stormwater; retrofitting homes to reduce flood risks and hold stormwater; investment in urban tree canopy; buying out private property in the floodplains, and strengthening workforce training.

 

Your flood risks

Wherever you live - inland or coastal, in urban or rural areas - you and your neighbors are at risk of flooding. Data shows that flooding occurs across all 50 states. It is expensive: the average flood insurance claim between 2011 and 2015 was more than $46,000. And it is dangerous: approximately 200 people die each year, with annual death rates rising.

In contrast to the portrayal of flooding as the consequence of unforeseen natural disasters, research suggests that property flooding is often repetitive and chronic. It is associated with inadequate storm and waste sewers, and expansion of buildings, roads and parking lots (which channel rain into homes). The risks are increasing dramatically as a result of changing weather patterns and climate change.