• Josh Foster posted an update in the group Group logo of Community Adaptation Planning & DesignCommunity Adaptation Planning & Design 7 months ago

    Flooding in the Chicago area has been so bad in the past decade that only places ravaged by hurricanes sustain more damage
    “Flood losses in the city and suburbs cost taxpayers $1.8 billion in subsidized grants, loans and insurance payments between 2004 and 2014, according to a report released last month by the National Academy of Sciences. Only hurricane-ravaged areas of coastal Louisiana, New York and Texas received more federal flood aid during the decade.”

    “Another reason why the scope of local problems remains largely unknown: Many residents are reluctant to talk about repeated flooding of their homes, according to the Center for Neighborhood Technology, a nonprofit group that after the 2013 storm organized community forums, dubbed “gross gatherings,” where flood victims were encouraged to share their stories. Some are embarrassed or blame themselves, the group discovered in a survey of participants. Others fear their homes will decline in value.”

    “Some community leaders are embracing smaller-scale, neighborhood-focused projects designed to provide relief by keeping stormwater out of sewers. The Center for Neighborhood Technology is nudging government officials to change their focus with a program it calls RainReady, which combats flooding with building, plumbing and landscaping improvements that in some cases are coordinated with sewer upgrades.”

    ““A tremendous amount of work has been done in recent years on developing solutions,” said Rob Moore, who leads a climate preparation team from the Chicago office of the nonprofit Natural Resources Defense Council. “The Chatham pilot is just one of several initiatives ready for a new mayor to get behind.””

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