Wolf announces plan to tackle flooding caused by climate change

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Flash flooding has been a major issue in a number of places throughout the Philadelphia region. Pennsylvania officials are now looking at ways to rectify this problem, which they say is getting worse as a result of the changing climate.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said this summer's flooding in Darby and Southwest Philadelphia show an urgent need for upgrades to local infrastructure — upgrades that need to reflect the times.

“They were facing problems that are occurring right now, and trying to deal with those problems with infrastructure that was actually put into place back in the 1920s. That's just not going to work anymore. The world has changed dramatically. Our climate has changed dramatically,” Wolf said.

The state is implementing steps to improve hazard mitigation planning, which include agencies working together when it comes to building new infrastructure.

“The State Planning Board is developing a series of recommendations and best practices relative to land use, to planning zoning, and storm water management with an emphasis on reducing the instance of flash flooding,” Wolf said.

Climate change is real, he added, and steps must be taken to combat it — and it's not a partisan issue.