Asphalt and concrete slow down water soaking into the soil. The Northeast and the industrial Midwest have been experiencing much worse in the way of flooding at a compounding rate for several decades. What reduces flooding are swamps, marshes and other annoying wetlands. Judging from "Super Storm" Sandy the Northeast in particular has been busy paving over wetlands at an insane rate. If even a tropical wave hits anywhere north of the Potomac the results will probably be catastrophic with the possible exceptions of areas with a lot of commercial cranberry bogs, which act like swamps. The tropical storm season really revs up in Sept. What political and economic consequences do you see coming?