For Connecticut Coastal Planners, ‘New Normal’ Means More Flooding

Jan 15th, 2014 | By | Category: Climate Change

City planners in one coastal community after another are beginning to find the terms ‘flood’ and ‘normal’ more often paired in a single sentence.

Not so long ago, the town conservation director of Greenwich, Connecticut, was focused on maps, meetings, and the occasional field walk.

That was then, now is now. And these are not normal times.

Denise M. Savageau has added a new duty to her job: during major storms, she works at the town’s emergency operations center, monitoring flood gauges and helping firefighters and ambulance drivers avoid the roads she knows are most likely to flood.

“At moon tide, we’re starting to see normal flooding,” Savageau says. “That’s going to be more and more the case.”

For more on this story, visit: For Connecticut Coastal Planners, ‘New Normal’ Means More Flooding | The Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media.

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