Rebecca Herscher, Eastern Us, NPR discussed on Morning Edition

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To a lesser extent in the eastern US. The problem with dry soil is that it's less absorbent. So when a lot of rain falls really, really quickly, like the sheriff was just describing The water can't soak in. It runs off the surface and all that runoff is way too much for drainage pipes and even for rivers right, It overwhelms the landscape. And that's when you see this really fast moving, really powerful water that can carry away cars. It can destroy houses and it can kill people. So it seems like living with climate change means living with more of this devastating flash flooding what can be done to protect people? There are a lot of options actually, and we're seeing counts and cities spend more and more money on this as the climate changes. So, for example, upgrading drainage systems you know, putting in bigger pipes, slowing down the water by making sure that there are unpaved places for it to collect. Another option is to make sure people aren't living in the areas that are most prone to flash flooding and putting warning systems on roads so that people don't accidentally drive into deep water. And of course, the last thing that can be done is You know, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions quickly. If the earth stops heating up, heavy rain will stop accelerating as well. NPR's Rebecca Herscher Thank you. Thanks. This is NPR news. Support for NPR comes from W. N. Y C members and from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, which aims to improve the quality of people's lives through grants supporting child well being the environment, Medical research and the performing Arts..

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