Climate Signals summary: Climate change is making infrastructure more vulnerable to flooding not only along coastal areas, but also in middle America. Matthew Eby, Executive Director of the First Street Foundation, was interviewed by PBS Newshour about this finding.
PBS Interview excerpt quotes:
"Well, it's a really interesting result that we found is that the places that you would normally think that have a lot of risk as you're mentioning, you know, the Floridas, the Louisianas, the Texas. Those places actually still have a lot of risk. There's a lot of critical infrastructure at risk. But the surprising part that we found is there's a lot of alluvial flooding or precipitation flooding that sees the middle of America have a lot of risk."
"So places like West Virginia, which you wouldn't think about as being a big flood area, has a significant amount of critical infrastructure that has inoperable risk, meaning that if the floodwaters make it to the building, it would render things inoperable. Police stations, hospitals, those things that are critical to the community, but also things that you wouldn't necessarily think about right away."
You can find the full story & interview here: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/critical-infrastructure-is-vulnerable-to-flooding-from-climate-change-why-its-not-just-coastal-cities-at-risk