An expert on urban flooding warns that long-range fixes to the problem could be expensive… but says people are already paying the price in flood damage, so investing in infrastructure upgrades makes sense in the long run.
Harriet Festing says there are other things that homeowners can do immediately to upgrade their own properties and steer flood waters away from their homes and basements.
Festing says a growing number of major rain events… and an increase in urban surfaces covered by concrete and asphalt… will likely guarantee that the urban flooding problem gets worse before it gets better.
Festing will take part in a public meeting on the urban flooding problem this evening, starting at 6pm in the Sangamon County Boardroom downtown. It will be proceeded by an open house from 4:30 to 5:45pm at the Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission offices in the County Building.