Reducing the costs and impacts of flooding
While spring brings welcomed sunshine and warmer temperatures to Pennsylvania, it also brings the threat of floods due to snow melt, heavy rains and the start of hurricane season. Pennsylvania’s ability to prepare for future flooding is directly related to enacting federal flood resilience and mitigation policies that ensure our communities and the critical infrastructure upon which they rely can weather future floods.
In recent years, communities all across Pennsylvania witnessed unprecedented flooding events. The growing need to address this problem stems from outdated land-use policies that encourage putting more people and assets in high-risk areas, such as waterfront properties. Unfortunately, the nation’s — and state’s — infrastructure wasn’t built to withstand the magnitude and frequency of disasters we’re experiencing today…
Damage bill from natural disasters to treble by 2061
More frequent and intense natural disasters fuelled by climate change are forecast to cost NSW between $15.8 and $17.2 billion a year by 2061 – more than three times the current damage bill from weather-related destruction.
A NSW Treasury study on climate change risk predicts rising sea levels will expose between 39,000 and 46,000 properties in the state to coastal erosion or inundation by 2061, causing property damage and loss of land estimated at between $850 million and $1.3 billion each year.
More prevalent heatwaves will also take a heavy economic toll in coming decades – between 700,000 and 2.7 million additional days of work are forecast to be lost every year by 2061 due to the higher frequency of very hot weather.
Agriculture in the state will also suffer. By 2061, lost production in agriculture due to changed rainfall patterns, runoff and temperatures is estimated to be between $750 million and $1.5 billion…