With the continuation of historic rainfalls and floods, not just in the United States but also across the world, I was baffled by the message in the Aug. 31 editorial "What comes after the flood": Continue the National Flood Insurance Program with some "tougher flood-risk mitigation requirements." We need to do more than reform; we need to rethink assumptions to which we cling despite clear evidence that we cannot continue to think in the same manner that got us here.
Examination of global data shows that storms are increasing in severity, as climate models have been predicting for several decades. In addition, data on houses in flood-prone areas combined with stories of homes flooded several times in the same decade should awaken us to step back and reassess our assumptions. Will we come together to deal with the largest contributor to increased storm events? Will we look at data logically and discuss how to use our resources more wisely than by rebuilding homes and infrastructure that continue to get flooded? These are tough questions to address, and they are essential to what comes after the surreal amount of rainfall from Hurricane Harvey. How many more floods do we need in order to sit down and address these tough questions based on actual data?
Sabrina S. Fu, Ellicott City