By Edward Cullen
Two dams near Midland, Michigan failed this month after record rains, with 4.7 inches falling over 48 hours. Dow Chemical activated the emergency plan for its headquarters and production facilities in Midland, and reported that floodwaters were commingling with containment ponds at the site. There were concerns about effects of flooding on an associated US EPA SuperFund site just downriver of the Dow facility. Thousands of people were ordered to evacuate their homes.
This sad and worrisome news is relevant to us.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection recently issued its 2020 Climate Change Impacts Assessment Update. The report states that climate change is expected to increase extreme rainfall events in Pennsylvania, with impacts on infrastructure.
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