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Rhode Island’s Most Disaster-Prone Communities

Monday, December 09, 2013

 

Should a 100-year storm hit Rhode Island, the communities at the greatest risk for severe flooding—and most vulnerable to it—are Warwick, Providence, Cranston, and Newport, according to data from the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency.

The data, contained in the 2011 State Hazard Mitigation Plan, also considers the risk and impact of several other major natural disasters, including severe winds, blizzards, and even earthquakes and tornadoes. In the plan—which has recently been updated—state emergency management officials assigned scores to each of the 39 cities and towns in Rhode Island that measure both the risk of a major natural hazard happening and how vulnerable each community is to that hazard.

Providence is most at risk and most vulnerable

The numbers show that the communities that face the greatest threats from natural hazards of any kind are: Providence, Warwick, Pawtucket, Cranston, and East Providence. The results for each community are displayed in the below slides, including an overall score for that’s community’s risk and vulnerability to natural hazards.

The scores take into account both the risk posed by a natural disaster as well as the vulnerability of a community to that disaster. Risk is measured in terms of the chances of the disaster happening, as well the land area that could be impacted and how intense the disaster might be. Higher scores mean either there is a greater the chance that something might happen, that it might be more intense, or that it might affect a larger area—or all three.

Vulnerability is defined by the size and composition of the population, local economy, environmental resources, and the number of critical facilities like hospitals, schools, emergency shelter, and utilities. Communities with more residents, a larger local economy, more natural resources, a higher number of critical facilities, are more vulnerable than others.

Generally speaking, the higher the score, the more at-risk and vulnerable a particular city or town is to a natural disaster. Providence and Warwick, which are among those at the top of the list, are both larger in population size and economic activity than most other communities, and also are situated along the state coastline, putting them at a higher risk for natural disasters, such as a hurricane. (A more detailed description of the methodology precedes the slides.)

Hurricanes: Worst-case scenario many times worse than Sandy

Barely more than a year after Sandy, hurricanes remain the natural disaster that Rhode Islanders worry most about—and with good reason: Sandy devastated beaches along the state’s south shore, left more than 122,000 Rhode Islanders without power, and cost the region about $62 billion. (For survey results see PDF pages 29 and 30 here.)

But Sandy was hardly the worst that could happen here, according to Janet Freedman, a coastal geologist with the Coastal Resources Management Council, a state agency that regulates coastal development and has been involved in the state’s natural hazard planning efforts. “We’ve been spared our worst-case scenario,” Freedman told GoLocalProv.

A worst-case scenario would be something like the Hurricane of 1938—an event often described as a 100-year storm, but which might be better understand as the kind of storm which has a one percent chance of happening in any given year, according to Freedman.

Just how much worse would a 100-year storm be? The storm surge from Sandy that devastated Misquamicut Beach swept about 1,500 feet inland in Westerly. The surge from a 100-year storm, on the other hand, would drive inland about two and a half to three times farther, slamming into Route 1A in Westerly, according to Freedman.

Statewide, the impact from a severe storm surge would vary, depending on elevation. When flooding from rainfall and overflowing rivers is taken into account, nearly 100,000 acres of land area—almost a sixth of the total area in the state—could be under water after a 100-year storm. A severe hurricane would put an estimated 129,962 residents at risk of evacuation and could damage more than 12,000 homes, businesses, and other buildings along the coast, state hazard planning documents show. (See below slides for a breakdown for each affected community.)

Is Rhode Island ready for a ‘100-year storm’?

So is Rhode Island ready for the next 100-year storm?

“No, I don’t think so,” Freedman said.

The issue, she said, is that Rhode Island has a lot of older buildings constructed before modern buildings codes were in place—like New Jersey, which, along with New York City, bore the brunt of Sandy.

Across the state, each community is bracing for the next natural disaster. In addition to the state Emergency Management Agency, each city and town has its own designated emergency management director. In some places, a fire chief or building code official does double duty. But in others, it’s a full-time job.

State and local officials have a few options when it comes to preparing for the next hurricane, Freedman said. One obvious preparation measure is ‘large-scale beach nourishment.’ More difficult is the relocation of homes that are directly in the path of the next storm surge. “They’re really hard decisions that we … as a society are going to have to make,” she said.

In general, if the cost of repairing a flood-damaged building exceeds 50 percent of the home or business value, owners must comply with a FEMA regulation mandating that they elevate their homes. In Westerly, the local emergency director said the community has been applying for FEMA grants to help fund the work. On Friday, the town announced that it had received $903,816 in federal and local grants to pay for work on eight homes.

Hundreds of buildings will likely need to be elevated above flood levels, according to Amy Grzybowski, the emergency director for Westerly whose official title is Director of Planning, Code Enforcement and Grant Administration. Many homeowners are taking the initiative and paying for the work themselves, thanks to a new federal law, the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, which makes flood insurance premiums prohibitively high for owners whose homes are below flood elevation levels, she said.

In Pawtucket, the city’s emergency director, Norm Menard, said he is most worried about hazards posed by wind and snow, followed by floods. He said city demographics—in particular its large senior-aged population, makes it more vulnerable to heavy snow, ice, and wind storms. As part of its preparation for the next major storm, he said the city is applying for a FEMA grant to upgrade the emergency generator at Jenks Jr. High School, which is the main shelter in Pawtucket.

Over the last year, the city has also reconstituted its Citizens Emergency Response Team, with 12 new citizen volunteers trained to help our in major disasters. Pawtucket also held a full-scale evacuation exercise at Fogarty Manor on Roosevelt Avenue and, last month, held a municipal flu clinic, according to Menard.

Rising sea levels expected to worsen disaster risk

As sea levels rise, Rhode Island’s risk from storm-related flooding will only grow, according to Freedman.

Since 1930, there has been an 8- to 10-inch rise in sea levels. The rise will accelerate over the next century. In approximately the next 25 years, levels could be about a foot higher. By mid-century, they could be about 18 inches higher, according to Freedman. Already, she said some coastal Rhode Islanders have to plan their day trips around high tides which flood roads around their homes.

The Coastal Resources Management Council in the midst of a multi-year study the impact of rising sea levels on coastal communities, Freedman said. The plan will outline how the coast will change and what measures may be necessary to protect residents of coastal communities for severe flooding in the future.

But a major 100-year storm remains a bigger threat than rising sea levels. “That’s the mosquito. The ’38 hurricane is probably the malaria. That’s the big issue,” Freedman said.

Other disasters: from tornadoes to earthquakes

Of course, it’s not just hurricanes and winter storms that emergency planners are considering. The 2011 state natural hazard plan also eyes the possibility of an earthquake or tornado striking Rhode Island. Last week, state officials released an updated 2014 plan which also looks at wildfires and droughts.

Which of those has emergency management officials most worried? “We’re worried about everything. That’s our job,” said Armand Randolph, the public information officer for the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency.

Rhode Islanders are most worried about hurricanes, with 60 percent saying it’s the highest threat, according to a state survey done as part of the 2014 plan. Roughly as many said tornadoes, earthquakes, droughts, and wildfires were the lowest threats.

But the Ocean State is no stranger to those natural disasters either. In the last one hundred years, 29 earthquakes have rocked Rhode Island, state records show. The most serious earthquake on record is a magnitude 4.6 earthquake whose epicenter was in North Kingstown in 1951. That damaged nearly 8,000 buildings—100 were beyond repair—and cost $1.3 billion. The last earthquake in the state for which exact figures were available was in 2012. The magnitude was 1.

There is a 50 percent probability that a “very damaging magnitude 5.0 earthquake” could hit anywhere in New England in a 50-year period, according to state officials.

Tornadoes also are not unknown in this state. Between 1972 and 2008, ten tornadoes ripped through Rhode Island. Most were low-intensity events, with three-second wind gusts of 86 to 110 miles per hours. The total damage over that period was $3.5 million, state records show. Although tornadoes are uncommon here, state officials warn that “they may occur anytime and anywhere” and that the “situation may be more dangerous… because Rhode Island residents do not expect severe tornadoes and are ill-prepared to respond to a tornado strike.”

Droughts and major wildfires are also uncommon but a few have left their mark on state history. Between 1987 and 1988, a drought in the southern part of Rhode Island cost $25 million in crop damage. The largest wildfire on record in the state is the Coventry Fire which scorched 18,000 acres in the spring of 1942. An estimated 614 square miles—about half of the total land area of the state—are developed areas that are at risk of a wildfire because they border forests and other wild lands, according to the 2014 natural hazard mitigation plan.

Public can weigh in

The state is now just completing its federally mandated three-year update to the 2011 plan. The 2014 plan was posted in late November, in draft form online. State officials are accepting public comments on it until this Friday. Click here to view the plan and submit a comment.

Stephen Beale can be reached at sbeale@golocalprov.com. Follow him on Twitter @bealenews


Related Slideshow:
Natural Disasters: RI’s Most At Risk and Vulnerable Communities

The below slides show what communities are at greatest risk and most vulnerable to a particular natural disaster, such as another hurricane, or a less-common disaster, such as an earthquake or a tornado. Higher scores correspond to a higher risk and vulnerability for that community. Cities and towns are listed starting with those that have the least risk and vulnerability, ending with the most at-risk and most vulnerable. Because flooding is a particular concern to Rhode Islanders, additional information on the threat of flooding from a major 100-year storm is shown.

Scoring method

The score for each type of hazard was determined by multiplying two separate scores together: the hazard risk score and the vulnerability score. The hazard risk score was calculated by multiplying three scores together: the score for frequency (how often something happens), the score for area impact (area that would be affected), and the score for intensity (such as the depth of a flood or the wind speed of a three-second gust in a hurricane). Higher scores mean a higher risk. The vulnerability score was derived using a similar multi-layered calculation that takes into account the population size and characteristics (for example, elderly and low-income populations are more vulnerable), the economy, the environment, and the number and importance of critical facilities like hospitals or power stations. Higher scores mean a greater vulnerability.

The scores are not against any scale. Instead they are relative in nature, showing how risk and vulnerability for a natural disaster is distributed throughout the state. A community with a higher score has a greater share of risk and vulnerability than one with a lower score. Scores and method information are from 2011 State Hazard Mitigation Plan. (A 2014 updated plan has been recently released, but numerical scores are not provided for each community.) For a detailed description of the entire scoring method, see PDF pages 123 to 145 on the 2011 plan.

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#39 Little Compton

Natural Hazard Scores

Wind Score: 160

Flood Score: 18

Earthquake Score: 60

Tornado Score: 16

Snow Score: 50

Total Score: 424

Flood Damage

Rank: 14

Acres at Risk of Flooding: 2,516

Percent of Total Acres in Community at Risk: 16.78%

Hurricane Coastal Flooding

Number of Residents in Evac. Zone: 1,160

Number of Buildings at Risk: 187

Photo: Flickr/Al Carmadella Jr.

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#38 Richmond

Natural Hazard Scores

Wind Score: 200

Flood Score: 18

Earthquake Score: 90

Tornado Score: 24

Snow Score: 75

Total Score: 587

Flood Damage

Rank: 24

Acres at Risk of Flooding: 2,945

Percent of Total Acres in Community at Risk: 11.35%

Hurricane Coastal Flooding

Number of Residents in Evac. Zone: N/A

Number of Buildings at Risk: N/A

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#37 Exeter

Natural Hazard Scores

Wind Score: 240

Flood Score: 0

Earthquake Score: 90

Tornado Score: 24

Snow Score: 75

Total Score: 609

Flood Damage

Rank: 36

Acres at Risk of Flooding: 2,190

Percent of Total Acres in Community at Risk: 5.78%

Hurricane Coastal Flooding

Number of Residents in Evac. Zone: N/A

Number of Buildings at Risk: N/A

Photo: Flickr/UCL Mathematical

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#36 West Greenwich

Natural Hazard Scores

Wind Score: 240

Flood Score: 0

Earthquake Score: 90

Tornado Score: 24

Snow Score: 75

Total Score: 609

Flood Damage

Rank: 39

Acres at Risk of Flooding: 1,197

Percent of Total Acres in Community at Risk: 3.62%

Hurricane Coastal Flooding

Number of Residents in Evac. Zone: N/A

Number of Buildings at Risk: N/A

Photo: Flickr/born1945

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#35 New Shoreham

Natural Hazard Scores

Wind Score: 300

Flood Score: 27

Earthquake Score: 90

Tornado Score: 24

Snow Score: 75

Total Score: 696

Flood Damage

Rank: 13

Acres at Risk of Flooding: 1,220

Percent of Total Acres in Community at Risk: 17.3%

Hurricane Coastal Flooding

Number of Residents in Evac. Zone: 840

Number of Buildings at Risk: 20

Photo: Flickr/Al Camardella Jr.

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#34 Foster

Natural Hazard Scores

Wind Score: 180

Flood Score: 18

Earthquake Score: 120

Tornado Score: 32

Snow Score: 200

Total Score: 790

Flood Damage

Rank: 28

Acres at Risk of Flooding: 2,659

Percent of Total Acres in Community at Risk: 7.94%

Hurricane Coastal Flooding

Number of Residents in Evac. Zone: N/A

Number of Buildings at Risk: N/A

Photo: Flickr/US Geological Survey

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#33 Jamestown

Natural Hazard Scores

Wind Score: 480

Flood Score: 54

Earthquake Score: 180

Tornado Score: 48

Snow Score: 150

Total Score: 1,272

Flood Damage

Rank: 20

Acres at Risk of Flooding: 766

Percent of Total Acres in Community at Risk: 11.95%

Hurricane Coastal Flooding

Number of Residents in Evac. Zone: 3,910

Number of Buildings at Risk: 108

Photo: Flickr/NASA Goddard

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#32 Hopkinton

Natural Hazard Scores

Wind Score: 600

Flood Score: 54

Earthquake Score: 210

Tornado Score: 56

Snow Score: 175

Total Score: 1,515

Flood Damage

Rank: 21

Acres at Risk of Flooding: 3,412

Percent of Total Acres in Community at Risk: 11.86%

Hurricane Coastal Flooding

Number of Residents in Evac. Zone: N/A

Number of Buildings at Risk: N/A

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#31 North Smithfield

Natural Hazard Scores

Wind Score: 480

Flood Score: 27

Earthquake Score: 210

Tornado Score: 56

Snow Score: 350

Total Score: 1,543

Flood Damage

Rank: 26

Acres at Risk of Flooding: 1,727

Percent of Total Acres in Community at Risk: 10.63%

Hurricane Coastal Flooding

Number of Residents in Evac. Zone: N/A

Number of Buildings at Risk: N/A

Photo: Flickr/ilovemypit

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#30 Charlestown

Natural Hazard Scores

Wind Score: 680

Flood Score: 144

Earthquake Score: 210

Tornado Score: 56

Snow Score: 175

Total Score: 1,685

Flood Damage

Rank: 4

Acres at Risk of Flooding: 9,276

Percent of Total Acres in Community at Risk: 34.08%

Hurricane Coastal Flooding

Number of Residents in Evac. Zone: 2,510

Number of Buildings at Risk: 838

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#29 Glocester

Natural Hazard Scores

Wind Score: 500

Flood Score: 27

Earthquake Score: 240

Tornado Score: 64

Snow Score: 400

Total Score: 1,711

Flood Damage

Rank: 34

Acres at Risk of Flooding: 2,271

Percent of Total Acres in Community at Risk: 6.2%

Hurricane Coastal Flooding

Number of Residents in Evac. Zone: N/A

Number of Buildings at Risk: N/A

Photo: Flickr/Michael Dolan

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#28 East Greenwich

Natural Hazard Scores

Wind Score: 720

Flood Score: 63

Earthquake Score: 270

Tornado Score: 72

Snow Score: 225

Total Score: 1,890

Flood Damage

Rank: 17

Acres at Risk of Flooding: 1,500

Percent of Total Acres in Community at Risk: 14.03%

Hurricane Coastal Flooding

Number of Residents in Evac. Zone: 1,240

Number of Buildings at Risk: N/A

Photo: Flickr/Sean Naber

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#27 Scituate

Natural Hazard Scores

Wind Score: 500

Flood Score: 99

Earthquake Score: 270

Tornado Score: 72

Snow Score: 450

Total Score: 1,931

Flood Damage

Rank: 11

Acres at Risk of Flooding: 6,368

Percent of Total Acres in Community at Risk: 17.98%

Hurricane Coastal Flooding

Number of Residents in Evac. Zone: N/A

Number of Buildings at Risk: N/A

Photo: Flickr/US Geological Survey

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#26 Middletown

Natural Hazard Scores

Wind Score: 800

Flood Score: 36

Earthquake Score: 300

Tornado Score: 80

Snow Score: 250

Total Score: 2,066

Flood Damage

Rank: 37

Acres at Risk of Flooding: 499

Percent of Total Acres in Community at Risk: 5.63%

Hurricane Coastal Flooding

Number of Residents in Evac. Zone: 2,012

Number of Buildings at Risk: N/A

Photo: Flickr/Ani Carrington

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#25 Central Falls

Natural Hazard Scores

Wind Score: 740

Flood Score: 36

Earthquake Score: 300

Tornado Score: 80

Snow Score: 500

Total Score: 2,256

Flood Damage

Rank: 16

Acres at Risk of Flooding: 121

Percent of Total Acres in Community at Risk: 14.58%

Hurricane Coastal Flooding

Number of Residents in Evac. Zone: N/A

Number of Buildings at Risk: N/A

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#24 Tiverton

Natural Hazard Scores

Wind Score: 880

Flood Score: 54

Earthquake Score: 330

Tornado Score: 88

Snow Score: 275

Total Score: 2,287

Flood Damage

Rank: 22

Acres at Risk of Flooding: 2,335

Percent of Total Acres in Community at Risk: 11.51%

Hurricane Coastal Flooding

Number of Residents in Evac. Zone: 3,080

Number of Buildings at Risk: 191

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#23 Warren

Natural Hazard Scores

Wind Score: 800

Flood Score: 198

Earthquake Score: 330

Tornado Score: 88

Snow Score: 275

Total Score: 2,351

Flood Damage

Rank: 5

Acres at Risk of Flooding: 1,431

Percent of Total Acres in Community at Risk: 33.99%

Hurricane Coastal Flooding

Number of Residents in Evac. Zone: 7,520

Number of Buildings at Risk: 534

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#22 Lincoln

Natural Hazard Scores

Wind Score: 740

Flood Score: 45

Earthquake Score: 360

Tornado Score: 96

Snow Score: 600

Total Score: 2,561

Flood Damage

Rank: 35

Acres at Risk of Flooding: 752

Percent of Total Acres in Community at Risk: 6.12%

Hurricane Coastal Flooding

Number of Residents in Evac. Zone: N/A

Number of Buildings at Risk: N/A

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#21 Narragansett

Natural Hazard Scores

Wind Score: 1,180

Flood Score: 198

Earthquake Score: 390

Tornado Score: 104

Snow Score: 325

Total Score: 2,977

Flood Damage

Rank: 2

Acres at Risk of Flooding: 4,224

Percent of Total Acres in Community at Risk: 39.2

Hurricane Coastal Flooding

Number of Residents in Evac. Zone: 9,030

Number of Buildings at Risk: N/A

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#20 Portsmouth

Natural Hazard Scores

Wind Score: 1,120

Flood Score: 216

Earthquake Score: 420

Tornado Score: 112

Snow Score: 350

Total Score: 3,058

Flood Damage

Rank: 7

Acres at Risk of Flooding: 4,238

Percent of Total Acres in Community at Risk: 26.64

Hurricane Coastal Flooding

Number of Residents in Evac. Zone: 6,530

Number of Buildings at Risk: 1,078

Photo: Flickr/Core Burn

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#19 Smithfield

Natural Hazard Scores

Wind Score: 920

Flood Score: 72

Earthquake Score: 420

Tornado Score: 112

Snow Score: 700

Total Score: 3,094

Flood Damage

Rank: 30

Acres at Risk of Flooding: 1,201

Percent of Total Acres in Community at Risk: 6.74%

Hurricane Coastal Flooding

Number of Residents in Evac. Zone: N/A

Number of Buildings at Risk: N/A

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#18 Barrington

Natural Hazard Scores

Wind Score: 860

Flood Score: 243

Earthquake Score: 420

Tornado Score: 112

Snow Score: 600

Total Score: 3,066

Flood Damage

Rank: 1

Acres at Risk of Flooding: 2,417

Percent of Total Acres in Community at Risk: 40.97%

Hurricane Coastal Flooding

Number of Residents in Evac. Zone: 13,890

Number of Buildings at Risk: 784

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#17 Bristol

Natural Hazard Scores

Wind Score: 1,200

Flood Score: 135

Earthquake Score: 480

Tornado Score: 128

Snow Score: 400

Total Score: 3,303

Flood Damage

Rank: 8

Acres at Risk of Flooding: 1,745

Percent of Total Acres in Community at Risk: 26.28

Hurricane Coastal Flooding

Number of Residents in Evac. Zone: 5,330

Number of Buildings at Risk: 483

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#16 Coventry

Natural Hazard Scores

Wind Score: 1,160

Flood Score: 81

Earthquake Score: 480

Tornado Score: 128

Snow Score: 550

Total Score: 3,359

Flood Damage

Rank: 38

Acres at Risk of Flooding: 2,147

Percent of Total Acres in Community at Risk: 5.26%

Hurricane Coastal Flooding

Number of Residents in Evac. Zone: N/A

Number of Buildings at Risk: N/A

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#15 Burrillville

Natural Hazard Scores

Wind Score: 906

Flood Score: 63

Earthquake Score: 510

Tornado Score: 136

Snow Score: 850

Total Score: 3,539

Flood Damage

Rank: 32

Acres at Risk of Flooding: 2,394

Percent of Total Acres in Community at Risk: 6.39

Hurricane Coastal Flooding

Number of Residents in Evac. Zone: N/A

Number of Buildings at Risk: N/A

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#14 Johnston

Natural Hazard Scores

Wind Score: 1,180

Flood Score: 18

Earthquake Score: 510

Tornado Score: 136

Snow Score: 850

Total Score: 3,714

Flood Damage

Rank: 25

Acres at Risk of Flooding: 1,677

Percent of Total Acres in Community at Risk: 10.7%

Hurricane Coastal Flooding

Number of Residents in Evac. Zone: N/A

Number of Buildings at Risk: N/A

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#13 South Kingstown

Natural Hazard Scores

Wind Score: 1,580

Flood Score: 171

Earthquake Score: 540

Tornado Score: 144

Snow Score: 450

Total Score: 3,965

Flood Damage

Rank: 6

Acres at Risk of Flooding: 12,168

Percent of Total Acres in Community at Risk: 29.51

Hurricane Coastal Flooding

Number of Residents in Evac. Zone: 7,310

Number of Buildings at Risk: 1,315

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#12 Cumberland

Natural Hazard Scores

Wind Score: 1,180

Flood Score: 117

Earthquake Score: 600

Tornado Score: 160

Snow Score: 1,000

Total Score: 4,257

Flood Damage

Rank: 23

Acres at Risk of Flooding: 2,098

Percent of Total Acres in Community at Risk: 11.46%

Hurricane Coastal Flooding

Number of Residents in Evac. Zone: N/A

Number of Buildings at Risk: N/A

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#11 Westerly

Natural Hazard Scores

Wind Score: 1,880

Flood Score: 189

Earthquake Score: 570

Tornado Score: 152

Snow Score: 475

Total Score: 4,406

Flood Damage

Rank: 9

Acres at Risk of Flooding: 5,604

Percent of Total Acres in Community at Risk: 26.15%

Hurricane Coastal Flooding

Number of Residents in Evac. Zone: 7,120

Number of Buildings at Risk: 1,342

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#10 West Warwick

Natural Hazard Scores

Wind Score: 1,480

Flood Score: 99

Earthquake Score: 660

Tornado Score: 176

Snow Score: 925

Total Score: 4,660

Flood Damage

Rank: 19

Acres at Risk of Flooding: 629

Percent of Total Acres in Community at Risk: 12.21%

Hurricane Coastal Flooding

Number of Residents in Evac. Zone: N/A

Number of Buildings at Risk: N/A

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#9 North Providence

Natural Hazard Scores

Wind Score: 1,400

Flood Score: 81

Earthquake Score: 690

Tornado Score: 184

Snow Score: 1,150

Total Score: 4,885

Flood Damage

Rank: 33

Acres at Risk of Flooding: 238

Percent of Total Acres in Community at Risk: 6.3%

Hurricane Coastal Flooding

Number of Residents in Evac. Zone: N/A

Number of Buildings at Risk: N/A

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#8 North Kingstown

Natural Hazard Scores

Wind Score: 1,760

Flood Score: 297

Earthquake Score: 690

Tornado Score: 184

Snow Score: 575

Total Score: 4,886

Flood Damage

Rank: 10

Acres at Risk of Flooding: 5,538

Percent of Total Acres in Community at Risk: 19.12%

Hurricane Coastal Flooding

Number of Residents in Evac. Zone: 7,820

Number of Buildings at Risk: 850

Photo: Flickr/Jessica Merz

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#7 Newport

Natural Hazard Scores

Wind Score: 1,880

Flood Score: 306

Earthquake Score: 720

Tornado Score: 192

Snow Score: 600

Total Score: 5,138

Flood Damage

Rank: 3

Acres at Risk of Flooding: 2,078

Percent of Total Acres in Community at Risk: 37.24%

Hurricane Coastal Flooding

Number of Residents in Evac. Zone: 10,590

Number of Buildings at Risk: 993

Photo: Flickr/ChalkyLives

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#6 Woonsocket

Natural Hazard Scores

Wind Score: 2,260

Flood Score: 99

Earthquake Score: 1,110

Tornado Score: 296

Snow Score: 1,850

Total Score: 7,835

Flood Damage

Rank: 29

Acres at Risk of Flooding: 356

Percent of Total Acres in Community at Risk: 6.95%

Hurricane Coastal Flooding

Number of Residents in Evac. Zone: N/A

Number of Buildings at Risk: N/A

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#5 East Providence

Natural Hazard Scores

Wind Score: 2,720

Flood Score: 225

Earthquake Score: 1,410

Tornado Score: 376

Snow Score: 2,350

Total Score: 9,901

Flood Damage

Rank: 12

Acres at Risk of Flooding: 1,610

Percent of Total Acres in Community at Risk: 17.37%

Hurricane Coastal Flooding

Number of Residents in Evac. Zone: 7,430

Number of Buildings at Risk: N/A

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#4 Cranston

Natural Hazard Scores

Wind Score: 3,820

Flood Score: 360

Earthquake Score: 1,950

Tornado Score: 520

Snow Score: 3,250

Total Score: 13,800

Flood Damage

Rank: 27

Acres at Risk of Flooding: 1,541

Percent of Total Acres in Community at Risk: 8.25%

Hurricane Coastal Flooding

Number of Residents in Evac. Zone: 2,330

Number of Buildings at Risk: 640

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#3 Pawtucket

Natural Hazard Scores

Wind Score: 4,880

Flood Score: 117

Earthquake Score: 2,160

Tornado Score: 576

Snow Score: 3,600

Total Score: 15,653

Flood Damage

Rank: 31

Acres at Risk of Flooding: 392

Percent of Total Acres in Community at Risk: 6.7%

Hurricane Coastal Flooding

Number of Residents in Evac. Zone: 1,150

Number of Buildings at Risk: N/A

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#2 Warwick

Natural Hazard Scores

Wind Score: 5,400

Flood Score: 684

Earthquake Score: 2,400

Tornado Score: 640

Snow Score: 2,875

Total Score: 16,799

Flood Damage

Rank: 15

Acres at Risk of Flooding: 3,923

Percent of Total Acres in Community at Risk: 16.51%

Hurricane Coastal Flooding

Number of Residents in Evac. Zone: 28,760

Number of Buildings at Risk: 2,594

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#1 Providence

Natural Hazard Scores

Wind Score: 10,980

Flood Score: 486

Earthquake Score: 5,850

Tornado Score: 1,560

Snow Score: 9,750

Total Score: 40,326

Flood Damage

Rank: 18

Acres at Risk of Flooding: 1,669

Percent of Total Acres in Community at Risk: 13.58%

Hurricane Coastal Flooding

Number of Residents in Evac. Zone: 1,010

Number of Buildings at Risk: 481

 
 

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Comments:

David Beagle

The chances are ALOT greater that most cities will be trashed by democrat rule long before any natural disaster. See Central Falls

Jim D

We haven't had a really good hurricane since the Providence water barrier was installed.

When that does happen the water is going to go where ever there is the least resistance so lower Bay communities will get hit much harder

Redd Ratt

Jim, Exactly! The people on the other side of that barrier are having their properties put at risk to protect Providence.

JOJO MONKEY

disaster prone? Providence is already a disaster from the flood illegal aliens.




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