Helping Residents Understand Local Flooding Issues and Potential Solutions

Residents of Duluth, Minnesota, experienced flooding in 2012 that caused over $100 million in damages. Flooding issues are likely to increase here as urban development grows and storm frequency is influenced by climate change.

Minnesota Sea Grant and NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management held a community open house where attendees “toured” a local green infrastructure project through storyboards. Technical detail was provided using easy-to-understand visuals. The ability to visualize potential flood impacts and learn how flooding could be reduced using green infrastructure proved to be a powerful aid. Several nonprofits are using the storyboards in upcoming meetings with residents.

More Information: coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/stories/duluth

Partners: Association of State Floodplain Managers, Minnesota Sea Grant, NOAA Office for Coastal Management

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