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Puerto Rico’s Vulnerable Communities And Flood Hazards And Mitigation


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Jennifer Hinojosa and Rafael Torrech

Issued May 2020; 20 pages

Using the 2018 U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (5-year estimates), at least 15% of Puerto Rico’s population resided in the 100-year floodplain. This report utilizes the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) ‘social vulnerability index’ (SVI) to measure resiliency among the Island’s communities faced with human or natural induced hazards, like flooding. The purpose of this research brief is to help inform policy, planners, and community leaders the population and housing structures at risk in the Island’s floodplains.

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