When it rains, it floods: a planner's primer to understanding and communicating flood risk
Friday, May 10, 2019
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. EDT
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Each year, every Indiana community experiences some level of flooding and flood-related losses from overflowing and swollen rivers to low-lying areas with poor drainage. Historic rainfall data shows the Midwest has experienced a 37% increase in heavy rainfall events and the situation is expected to worsen, as climate change experts, predict an increase in annual precipitation for Indiana into the future. As planners and in many cases, the local floodplain administrator, we determine where and how development happens. As such, it is important that we understand the flood risks our communities face, what proactive actions we can implement to be flood resilient, and how to communicate this information to our local leaders, decision-makers, and public.
This presentation will provide a refresher on floodplains and floodplain management, present findings from the climate change data and the predictions for Indiana, the most recent and innovative planning tools and resources for flood resilience, flood response, and flood mitigation, and ultimately how to communicate this critical information in our day to day work.
This presentation is provided by fellow AICP planners and volunteers on the Floodplain Committee of the Indiana Association of Floodplain and Stormwater Management (INAFSM) whose mission is to serve professionals by providing educational opportunities and advocating for responsible floodplain and stormwater management. APA-IN attendees of this presentation may be eligible for Certified Floodplain Manger (CFM) continuing education credits.
Sheila McKinley, AICP
Denise Aschleman, AICP
Tish Mayfield, email@example.com