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On climate justice: Prepare for flood season

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Climate change, flooding and equity 

As climate change leads to periods of heavy and frequent rain as well as sudden snowmelt, Ramsey County will experience more flooding. According to maps produced by the First Street Foundation*, about 9% of properties in the county are at risk of being severely affected by flooding. It is most often low-income, Black/African American, American Indian and other underrepresented communities who live in areas prone to flooding. These populations are least likely to have flood insurance, access to transportation during an evacuation, cash on hand, or the ability to relocate. 

 Flooding and health 

The most obvious health impacts of flooding are injury or death during the flood event, however people’s health often suffers even after the rain has passed and water subsided. 

 What you can do 

You can help prevent or reduce flood damage to your property by keeping gutters clear of debris, elevating indoor utilities (like furnaces and water heaters) to protect them from flood water, adopting a storm drain in your community and practicing alternative land management strategies in your yard. Ramsey County emergency management offers tips for preparing and cleaning up flooded property too. You can also contact your elected officials to advocate for sustainable development, ecologically diverse landscapes, water-permeable surfaces and other sustainable stormwater infrastructure. 


This article is featured in Green Ramsey, an environmental health newsletter from Ramsey County. 
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Posted on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 - 11:27 a.m.