05 Jun '18, 11pm

A 1,000-year flood in Maryland shows the big problem with so much asphalt

A 1,000-year flood in Maryland shows the big problem with so much asphalt

The rain started to fall in Ellicott City, Maryland on the afternoon of May 27. Nearby tributaries of the Patapsco River were already dangerously swollen from last month’s steady precipitation. The storm intensified, and floodwaters soon tore through Ellicott City’s main street, submerging the first floors of buildings, sweeping away cars, and killing at least one person. The storm was a so-called “1,000 year flood,” meaning it had a 0.1 percent chance of occurring this year. But this “exceptionally rare ” event is deja vu for residents — they’re still picking up the pieces from a similar flood that destroyed the area back in July 2016. After that big flood, Robin Holliday spent months rebuilding her business, HorseSpirit Arts Gallery. She didn’t expect a flood like that to happen again, but she also didn’t think the proposed watershed management plan was strong enough. Di...

Full article: https://grist.org/article/a-1000-year-flood-in-maryland-s...

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