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Washington floods expose a double threat: Old drains and climate change

from The New York Times

When almost a month's worth of rain deluged the nation's capital recently, turning streets into rivers and basements into wading pools, it showed just how vulnerable cities with aging water systems can be in the era of climate change. The rainfall overwhelmed the capital's storm-water system, much of it built almost a century ago to handle a smaller population, far less pavement and not nearly as much water. Updating that infrastructure will be enormously expensive, experts warn, not just in Washington but around the country. more


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