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A quarter of America’s infrastructure is at risk of flooding

New Orleans is on alert.  (Photo: Seth Herald / AFP)
New Orleans is on alert. (Photo: Seth Herald / AFP)

Foundation First Street, A non-profit organization dedicated to research has released a report citing them A quarter of the country’s core infrastructure is at risk of being underwater for the next three decades.

As the main infrastructure, different types of structures are considered, Bridges and roads, fires, police and hospital buildings, schools, government offices and residential areas.

“Our goal is to determine the amount of floodwaters that will cause the infrastructure to fail,” he explained. Jeremy Porter, Of the basement First Street.

Report entitled Third National Flood Risk Report: Edge Infrastructure, Takes into account all types of floods that may occur Until the possibility of increased rainfall, river collapse or sea level rise.

Workers open the doors of the Bonnet Care Spillway to divert water from the Mississippi River to Lake Pontchardine, from New Orleans to Louisiana, Norco, Friday, May 10, 2019.
Workers open the doors of the Bonnet Care Spillway to divert water from the Mississippi River to Lake Pontchardine, from New Orleans to Louisiana, Norco, on Friday, May 10, 2019.

“As we saw a few weeks ago Disaster of Hurricane Ida, The infrastructure of our country is not built to withstand the flood risk we face today. We believe this risk will be there for the next 30 years, not to mention what will happen with the increase, ”he added. Matthew AB, Founder and Managing Director of the Foundation First Street.

“The impact of Hurricane Ida across the country is impressive, Destroying power lines in southern Louisiana and flooding New York City subway transport infrastructure has killed more than 100 people. Now more than ever, it is clear that the places where we live will continue to be affected by climate change, ”the report said.

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Louisiana, Florida, Kentucky and West Virginia: 17 of the 20 most flood-prone districts in the country are in four states. Louisiana alone has accumulated six of the 20 most dangerous districts, and the country has been identified as one of the most underwater risk districts in the entire country: Cameron Parish.

Brickell Avenue in Miami
Brickell Avenue in Miami

If we focus on cities instead of districts, Six of the 20 most populous cities in Florida, and three in Louisiana. New Orleans is the second most important city in the country to flood. Miami ranks 8th in the rankings, followed by St. Petersburg and Tampa, which you also loved in Florida, at twelve and fourteen respectively.

Today 12.4 million households in the country are at risk of flooding. That number is estimated to increase to 13.6 million over the next 30 years. The statistics are terrifying. By 2051, 1.2 million residential homes, 66,000 commercial properties and 63,000 miles of roads will be at risk of becoming unusable.

As stated in it National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Flooding is America’s most expensive natural disaster. The country has invested more than $ 1 trillion in flood relief since 1980.

Beyond the best national plans to modernize infrastructure, there are cities that are taking action in this regard. In the city of Miami, for example, residents voted for a self-imposed tax a couple of years ago, creating a fund to fight the flood. After Hurricane Andrew, in the 1990s, the city changed its building code and became the world’s wind-resistant city. This is 10 times less than the damage caused by hurricane crossings in Miami in recent years than in cities like New York. The goal of the city of the sun is now to become the most waterproof city on the planet.

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