Extreme storms have nearly doubled in the basin's seven Midwestern states since 2001. Years of housing construction and other development in the floodplain mean that the barrier that once protected towns and millions of people is largely gone. Bea's solution? HiDro Barriers: five-foot inflatable plastic walls that can withstand a 100-year flood. Short of that, Bea says, head for higher ground.
This Year's Best Gear
From toys and tools to gadgets and four-wheel fun, we give you the rundown of the most exciting new goods.
Plus: A Look Inside the Global Ivory Trade
ON NEWSSTANDS NOW
Sign up to receive the Men’s Journal newsletter and special offers from MJ and its marketing partners.