Fighting The Floods: For Many Cities, It's 'When,' Not 'If' | WBEZ
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Fighting The Floods: For Many Cities, It's 'When,' Not 'If'

Many parts of the U.S. face dual watery threats. First, giant storms like Harvey, which has dropped nine trillion gallons of water on Texas (enough to cover the lower 48 states with a puddle as deep as the height of three pennies). Then, there's the issue of rising sea levels, which, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists, would make routine, chronic flooding a fact of life in hundreds more communities across the country in just a few decades. With these threats working in tandem, many cities — and not just those on the coasts — are already seeing more regular flooding and more severe occasional floods. Are they ready? To discuss it we're joined by Astrid Caldas, senior climate scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, Nancy Solomon, managing editor of New Jersey Public Radio, Hope Kirwan, a reporter for Wisconsin Public Radio, Jessica Rosgaard, flood recovery editor at WWNO, New Orleans Public Radio, and Kate Stein, a reporter at WLRN, South Florida's NPR station.

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