Superstorm Sandy inundated the hallowed caverns of lower Manhattan and caused enough personal and financial disruption elsewhere in the city and region to spawn a boom in flood-resiliency efforts. As a consequence, the engineering community has been tasked with delivering cost-effective resiliency solutions for assets that range from single-family homes to entire cities. The foundation of flood damage prevention efforts lies at the local level, and a number of relatively low-cost solutions exist to reduce flood damages and associated claims. Here are eight practical ways to reduce the impact of the next major flood event.

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