The Growing Threat of Urban Flooding

Report findings from a joint study published by the Center for Disaster Resilience identifies urban flooding as a ‘national and significant source of economic loss, social disruption, and housing inequality’. Aging and degrading wastewater and stormwater systems around the country are unable to withstand the increase in major rainfall and storm surge events, causing inland flooding in new and unexpected areas. These are often resulting in severe impacts to housing and transportation hubs, temporarily and sometimes permanently damaging critical infrastructure. The report concludes that transparent coordination supported by easily accessible data will go a long way to not only connect the entwined challenges of coastal, riverine and urban flooding, but help set up the necessary partnerships at the local, regional and federal scales of government needed to respond to this worsening threat. Read more here