Overcoming Flood Amnesia: How Two Cities and Two States Are Becoming Resilient

Overcoming Flood Amnesia: How Two Cities and Two States Are Becoming Resilient

Organizer: 
Penny Loeb
Self
Time Slot: 
Concurrent Sessions 3
Session Type: 
Symposium
Abstract: 

A flood happens, clean up is costly and exhausting, but finally normalcy returns. Surely this will never happen again, Flood Amnesia. But waters can come again, as in the well-known case of two hurricanes two years apart in Lumberton, NC. Flood amnesia can be the toughest challenge to funding and building sufficient protection from damage from the next flood. But around the country, there are government officials whose lives were forever altered by a flood, who will never give up. These four presenters, three government officials and one scientist, live at ground zero, determined to build flood resilience. They plan, map, fund and build. How they do it, and what challenges still need to be solved are vital lessons for all communities, rich and poor, facing flood threats.

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Presentations

Introduction
Penny Loeb, Author
Resiliency after the 2016 and 2018 Floods In Lumberton NC
Brandon Love, City of Lumberton NC
40 years of Flood Resiliency in Austin MN
Holly Wallace, Austin, MN
30 Years of Flood Resiliency in Minnesota
Pat Lynch, Minnesota DNR
Iowa Flood Center: A decade towards resiliency
Nathan Young, Iowa Flood Center