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How to Build a Flood-Resilient Community

When it comes to climate change, Americans can disagree on any number of points. But at the end of the day, we face many of the same problems associated with extreme weather together. Flooding is one of those many climate-driven disasters that are more or less guaranteed to come to a huge variety of communities. It happens in coastal megalopolises and landlocked suburbs; in concrete-bound cities and tiny mountain towns; in the drought-parched northwest or oversaturated southeast.

Though many governments are lagging in their response to climate change, there steps you can take to make your own neighborhood more flood-resilient. In this package, we spotlight how a handful of communities around the country are using a block-by-block approach to grapple with rising waters.