When Hurricane Florence reached Belhaven, N.C., last weekend, the flooding that followed was unlike anything Ricky Credle, the mayor of the tiny coastal town had ever experienced.
“I’ve been here 45 years,” Credle said in a phone interview. “I’ve never seen this much water.”
For federal taxpayers, however, the flooding in Belhaven was all too familiar.
Since 1978, 120 homes in the town of 1,600 people have cost federal taxpayers $13.4 million in National Flood Insurance Program payouts, according to data the Natural Resources Defense Council obtained from the Federal Emergency Management Agency; 36 received more money than...