Leaders of Chicago-area municipalities will have to explain in court why they didn't do a better job of bracing for the types of floods that climate change is starting to bring down upon us. If they fail to make their case, then taxpayers could be on the hook for flood-related costs that would normally be borne by insurers.
Farmers Insurance recently filed nine class-action lawsuits on behalf of itself, other insurers, and customers in the wake of heavy flooding a year ago. The damaging floods followed the type of climate change–juiced rainstorms that Chicago's mayoral advisors had concluded would pose growing threats to the city's unusual flood control system. Reuters explains: