As the rain falls, many municipalities across Pennsylvania will worry about the very real possibility of flooding and the associated infrastructure damage that comes with it.

Increased Flooding

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), heavy downpours have increased in frequency and intensity over the last 50 years in the United States and are expected to become even more intense as a result of climate change.

This raises the likelihood of flooding. The EPA also notes that the average 100-year floodplain is projected to grow by 45 percent by 2100, and the annual damages from flooding may increase by as much as $750 million.

How to Reduce Flooding

As bleak as that may sound, thankfully there are steps municipalities can take to reduce the number and intensity of floods through simple changes in the way a municipality manages stormwater and how it treats its floodplains.

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