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AP analysis: States boost flood prevention as damage costs soar

State government team reporter David Lieb, Jefferson City, Missouri, for an AP analysis that identified $1.2 billion in estimated damage from the flooding and severe weather that affected roughly half the states this year, while also finding that many Midwest states are starting to pour tens of millions of dollars into protections against flooding that is expected to become more frequent and destructive as global temperatures rise. Lieb developed his damage figure by contacting the relevant official in every state that has experienced major flooding or severe storms this year, putting a fresh take on a topic that, when the flooding was occurring, was among the biggest stories in the U.S. The package was a huge hit with AP customers, especially in communities still dealing with the effects of this year’s flooding.

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