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As ‘flash floods are getting flashier,’ communities worry about aging infrastructure

Aug 22, 2022

ST. LOUIS– Flooding kills more people in the United States than tornadoes, lightning or hurricanes. And as communities deal with growing frequency and intensity of these events, and the damage that comes along with them, experts warn that just as much attention needs to be paid to aging infrastructure, which can make an already-bad natural disaster worse.

“In many cities, the pipes in the ground are 100 years old, 70 years old, and those pipes need to be bigger because what we’re seeing is rain that would have come over three or four days is now coming over a really condensed amount of time,”said Melissa Roberts, executive director of the American Flood Coalition.

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