Urban infrastructure in many cities was not built for current and future climate pressures.
- Six inches of rain battered the Detroit metro area last weekend, a deluge that overwhelmed the region’s drainage system. While the worst of that storm system is likely over, the city is still bracing for more rain later this week.
- Extreme rain events are becoming heavier and more frequent in wetter areas like Detroit. Between 1958 and 2012, the heaviest 1 percent of storms in the Midwest became 37 percent more powerful.
- Detroit officials attributed some of the damage to power outages in the city’s pumping system, which ordinarily redirects standing water from the freeway into surrounding rivers. But even after the system regained power, they had nowhere to put the new water.
Laura Gersony is a reporting intern with Circle of Blue this summer and a third year at the University of Chicago, where she’s studying Political Science and Environmental Studies. She’s passionate about communicating how climate change and other environmental issues are experienced on the ground. In her free time, you can find Laura nursing seedlings on her windowsill, skateboarding around Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, or making unreasonably specific playlists on Spotify.