Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Future Flood Fixes

PostedSeptember 14, 2018

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LEDE: As we prepare for more rain, this time from remnants of Hurricane Florence, a recent report identifies the D-C area as high-risk for increased flooding in the future.

Randy Atkins: So a study on flood risks and ways to protect important assets in D-C and surrounding areas of Maryland and Virginia is about to begin. The Army Corps of Engineers is leading the research and, Gayle McCowin, one of their project managers says this region is one of nine being analyzed.

Gayle McCowin: What these studies are looking at is the coastal storm risk and incorporating what a future risk might look like with respect to sea level rise.

Randy Atkins: Current flood mitigation strategies may not be sufficient as climate change causes rising seas. So McCowin says the re-assessment will suggest engineering strategies to local communities based upon long-range projections about changing conditions.

Gayle McCowin: We have a lot of internal modeling and data available to us to be able to give them the answers about how is sea level rise going to impact us fifty years from now or 100 years from now?

Randy Atkins: The findings should be ready in about three years. With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP News.