Fewer People in Hurricane Areas

I live in Colorado and now here is another reason why. Check out this story from Brad Heath in USA Today.

Fewer people live in hurricane-prone areas than lived there in 2000.

The steepest population losses are in the coastal parishes of Louisiana, which were destroyed three years ago by Hurricane Katrina. Other parts of the coast, including stretches of Texas and the Florida Keys, also lost full-time residents over that period, though the declines were not as big.

Overall coastal population from Georgia to Texas has declined about 1 percent in the last eight years.

Some vulnerable areas still grew rapidly. In Lee County, around Fort Myers, Fla., more than 42,000 people moved to areas at the highest risk from hurricanes. The county has tried to limit building in some of those places, but it has not been able to overcome the appeal of ocean views.

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