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Smart Talk focus on flooding

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Aug 29, 2017 4:01 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, August 29, 2017:

The United States may have never experienced a storm like Harvey.  With forecasts of up to and maybe more than 50 inches of rain, the people of Texas and the Gulf Coast are experiencing what has been described as epic floods.

Americans are responding overwhelmingly, but Harvey also reminds us that flooding can occur anywhere.  In fact, Pennsylvania is the most flood-prone state in the country.

On Tuesday's Smart Talk, we focus on Harvey and flooding.

We'll speak with Rachel Bracken, a former Lancaster County resident, who now lives outside Houston.

How does the nation's most flood-prone state prepare for flooding when there is a significant rain event and what of kind of challenges does that present?  Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Director Richard Flinn appears on the program to explain.


Richard Flinn, Jr. - Director, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency

There always are a lot of questions about flood insurance, what it covers when there is water damage, who should purchase flood insurance and what does it cost?  Ron Ruman, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Insurance Department answers those questions.

We also hear from the American Red Cross of Central Pennsylvania about what assistance is needed in the flood zone.


Kimberly Maiolo - Spokesperson, Central Pennsylvania Red Cross / Ronald Ruman, Press Secretary, Pennsylvania Insurance Department


- After the emergency phase is over, emphasize the amount of trash that has washed into the Gulf.

Then have a plan to rebuild a new city.  Solar power, food gardens, rain gardens, co-housing, green, LEEDS buildings, native plants, climate appropriate agriculture, mass transit, and so on.

Remake Houston a model city of the future.

         - Cynthia, Juniata County

- I  don't live ear a creek, stream or river but I do live in a low lying area. In really heavy rain, when the water table is full, we sometimes get water in our basement.  Would this qualify and should we get flood insurance.                                        - Karen, Harrisburg 

Apparently applies to private insurance, not the more common govt flood insurance          - Bonnee

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