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The Floods


The Washington, DC region faces severe flooding risks from a triple threat of heavy rain, downstream river flooding through Maryland, and ocean surges upriver from the Chesapeake Bay. How does all this water and flooding relate to climate change? From the National Mall to Maryland’s Eastern Shore, what steps are needed to protect our region and adapt to what’s coming? An expert roundtable conveys information, insight, and hope.

Everyone is at risk in the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The most vulnerable communities are used to living with the water.  They have salt water cars. They have parking areas that are higher up. They have a network of parents when the high tide comes, to figure out how far the buses can go to pick up the students. – Astrid Caldas

Julie Hantman

1) Sandra K. Knight, University of Maryland’s Center for Disaster Resilience
2) Marco Ciarla, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Baltimore District
3) Astrid Caldas, Union of Concerned Scientists

Climate Change, Extreme Precipitation and Flooding: The Latest Science (2018), fact sheet by Union of Concerned Scientists
Underwater: Rising Seas, Chronic Floods, and the Implications for US Coastal Real Estate (2018) report by the Union of Concerned Scientists
Flood Inundation Mapping Program (interactive), USGS/NWS/USACE/FEMA
D.C. Silver Jackets
Climate Ready DC: The District of Columbia’s Plan to Adapt to a Changing Climate
“What Happens When a Superstorm Hits DC?” by Justin Nobel, Rolling Stone, 9/21/17
Come High Water: A Special Report by Chesapeake Quarterly and Bay Journal (October 2014 issue)
Citizens’ Climate Radio Ep. 26: In Deep Water (2018)
The Water Will Come (2017), book by Jeff Goodell

“The Floods” broadcast on August 13th, 2018 over Takoma Radio WOWD-LP 94.3FM with live-streaming at This is the 2nd episode of the Climate Seasons radio series, produced and hosted by Julie Hantman.