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Climate Groups Cringe at Virginia Tax Cut for Flood-Prone Homes

  • Voters approve property tax breaks for flood-prone properties
  • Homes in state get millions from federal insurance program
A driver passes through a street flooded by rain from Hurricane Irene on August 28, 2011 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. 

A driver passes through a street flooded by rain from Hurricane Irene on August 28, 2011 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. 

Photographer: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

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A measure approved by Virginia voters this week to cut taxes on homes in flood-prone areas of the flood-prone commonwealth has climate experts warning that it might encourage people to remain in vulnerable areas -- and could spread to other states.

The constitutional amendment passed Tuesday with more than 70 percent of the vote allows cities and other local governments to cut taxes on homes that repeatedly flood, providing the property owners take protective steps. Supporters say the change will keep residents from abandoning coastal communities that are increasingly deluged.