City announces plans to increase flood protection against future climate disasters on anniversary of Ida
On the one-year anniversary of Tropical Storm Ida, the mayor and other elected officials have announced plans to ramp up flood protection against future climate disasters.
The plan includes protecting the city and tracking storms through new infrastructure and green technology.
“We've installed flood sensors like this one in key areas of the city -- these sensors are early detectors not only to identify areas of flooding, but to use the data for future information and flow that provides our city with critical infrastructure in order to advise evacuations travel bans of road closures,” said the mayor.
The city is also expanding its eco-friendly bluebelts drainage system which naturally handles runoff. 23,000 rain gardens in areas historically known to flood will be installed. The curbside devices have the capacity to collect 25,000 gallons of rainwater, which helps ease the burden on sewer systems during storms.