Cities of the Future: Flood Preparation
Tokyo has a $2 billion underground anti-flood system that was completed in 2006. The New York Times has called it “an extraordinary example of the defenses that global cities are readying as they face an era of extreme weather brought on by climate change.” It’s the world’s largest underground flood water diversion facility. What do cities here in the United States need to do to prepare for floods and the often extreme unpredictable weather that causes them? Recently, Houston officials have asked for state and federal funds to help build a $400 million reservoir that could keep stormwater from destroying downstream neighborhoods.