Natural Disasters Cost US $32 Billion in 2011 So Far

Monday, June 27, 2011

Though we're only halfway through 2011, natural disasters have already cost the U.S. $32 billion, and that number will continue to climb. Over the weekend, the Suris River crested in Minot, North Dakota, leaving 4,000 homes underwater. Fewer than 400 residents of the city—the state's fourth largest—have flood insurance. North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate in the U.S., and one of the fastest growing economies. 

Dave Thompson, news director for Prairie Public Broadcasting in North Dakota, speaks with us about the latest news from the region and what the economic impact might be. 


Dave Thompson

Produced by:

Sitara Nieves

Comments [1]

Peg from Southern Tier NY

Yes, "flat earth" Conservatives and Republicans - the modern Revelation is that Global Climate Change is Real! And yes, there WILL be more natural disasters - forest fires, floods, tornadoes, torrential rains, droughts, hurricanes, ocean water level rise, glacier melts, species die-off, ocean acidification.... and in the meanwhile we're poisoning ourselves and our progeny with a toxic stew of chemicals because we can't "imagine" any other way of living but our "modern" fossil fuel dependent comfortable lifestyles.

I realize that most of you will refuse to remove your blinders, but more and more Americans are "Takingaway" theirs, when confronted with the realities of man-made contributions to carbon overload in our atmosphere.

Soon US taxpayers will not be able to rescue and replace everyone's losses... Real soon!

Jun. 27 2011 09:18 AM

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