States Report $1.2 Billion in Infrastructure Damage from 2019 Storms

Storms and floods in the first half of 2019 have caused more than $1.2 billion in damage to public infrastructure in 24 states, according to the Associated Press (AP). Based on preliminary assessments submitted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the total includes damage to roads and bridges, utilities, water control facilities, public buildings and equipment, and parks. AP expects …

Study Finds U.S. Water Infrastructure to be Inadequate for Increasingly Severe Weather

Current design standards for U.S. hydrologic infrastructure are not adequate for addressing the increased frequency and severity of extreme rainstorms, according to a report published last month in Geophysical Research Letters. Researchers studied a variety of regions in the country and found that the growing number of severe weather events could overwhelm outdated infrastructure, including stormwater systems, dams, and retention ponds. …