Pew Expresses Support for Flood-Ready Provisions in Infrastructure Bill

Letter outlines how pre-disaster mitigation, transportation resilience, and nature-based solutions can help address climate impacts

Supporting Flood-Ready Provisions in Infrastructure Bill

The Pew Charitable Trusts sent a letter Sept. 8, 2021, to U.S. House of Representatives leadership in support of the flood-readiness elements in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which passed the Senate on Aug. 10. The letter explains how the legislation’s proposed funding boost for pre-disaster mitigation, creation of a transportation resiliency program, and embrace of nature-based solutions to reduce risk can better prepare the nation’s infrastructure and communities for the growing threat of flooding and other disasters.

Buildings and city streets are still under floodwater as the sun sets on May 4, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Buildings and city streets are still under floodwater as the sun sets on May 4, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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The Infrastructure Bill Can Improve Flood Resilience

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The $1 trillion-dollar infrastructure bill passed Aug. 10 by the Senate contains disaster and flood-resilience provisions of historic proportions. The once-in-a-generation investment would include billions of dollars in resilience measures that would help protect communities from flooding and other disasters at a time when people across the country, and around the world, are struggling to combat the increasing severity of deadly storms and rising seas.

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Flood-Ready Approach for Building and Rebuilding

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Losses from flood-related disasters across the United States have risen by more than $100 billion each decade since the 1980s, driven by increasingly severe weather, decay and neglect of infrastructure, and development in vulnerable areas.