ASCE Assesses That Our Bridges Need Help

In this report from the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, LA, a group of representatives from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) are attempting to alert the federal and state governments, as well as the public at large, that the issues with flood protection and readiness that caused massive loss of life during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 still haven't been addressed. With the flood plain in the U.S. set to expand by 45% in the next century, our preparation for floods and hurricanes is going to become more vital and more urgent. The ASCE's recent report indicates that only 5% of the nation's dams are properly inspected and maintained by the federal government. The rest of the burden falls upon state and local governments, who often don't have the necessary funds to maintain the old structures, let alone constructing necessary additions. It's going to take innovative ways of raising funds and getting local businesses and populace involved to solve the flooding dilemma, which is going to be vital to survival in both inland and coastal areas in the next hundred years.

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