Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Future Flooding

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Future Flooding

Article excerpt

Our city once again experienced a severe thunderstorm that led to serious local flooding, including on Washington Boulevard. It highlights the need for solutions that will reduce this chronic flooding and the frequent basement backups of sewage that have affected so many residents.

We had some flooding in our basement and heard any number of stories from friends ranging from nuisance messes like ours to more dramatic and expensive damage. And we know that serious flooding on the roads can be catastrophic.

We know that Alcosan will soon be starting to overhaul our sewer system and that water and sewer rates are going to triple and quadruple over the next few years. We cannot afford to spend $2 billion on that fix and not solve these major issues with basement backups and flooding as well.

We also must not forget that these extreme weather events are only going to get worse. …

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