In Focus | Flood Planning in Coastal Cities

Flood planners see at least one bright spot in this otherwise disastrous hurricane season: The media, the public, and planners themselves are much more savvy about the kind of flood prevention steps that can be taken before the storms hit. Media coverage used to be largely confined to the damage itself, said Chad Berginnis, Executive Director of the Association of State Floodplain Managers. Today, “a lot of the questioners are really trying to explore the underlying and root causes …” Here, Berginnis and two other experts, Rebecca Roth, of the National Estuarine Research Reserve Association, and Shannon Burke, of the American Planning Association, talk with Uwe Brandes, Faculty Director of Georgetown University’s graduate program in Urban & Regional Planning, about this new level of sophistication.

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