STOP: Why was flooding so bad – worse than at any time we can remember?
WAIT: Coastal areas–with their bays, bayous, wetlands, and streams–are normally a “sponge” that can absorb rainstorms and naturally conduit waters down to the ocean.
CONSIDER: We pave over that sponge, laying down asphalt and construct concrete infrastructure, through which water cannot percolate down into the soil and on to the creeks, rivers, and wetlands that move floodwaters to the ocean.
Updated: See this article from PBS Newshour explaining how wetlands (think sponge) helped saved $625M in potential damage during Hurricane Sandy.
NOW IS THE TIME TO REBUILD DIFFERENTLY!!
AND, WITH THE NEW INFRASTRUCTURE BILL, CITIZENS SHOULD PRESSURE CONGRESS TO WRITE IT TO INCLUDE MITIGATION STRATEGIES MAKING COMMUNITIES MORE RESILIENT TO CLIMATE CHANGE.
CONSIDER THIS: IT’S CHEAPER TO DO SO!