Carol Drive crossing over Fishkill Creek in Hopewell Junction, New York after Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011
Image by Carolyn Klocker

Flooding after tropical storm Irene in August 2011

Flood Resiliency

Since the 1950’s New York has seen a 67% increase in the number of 2-inch rainfall events occurring over a 48-hour period. Increases in both average summer and average winter temperatures (a 2ºF increase in summer and a 4ºF increase in winter) - along with an increase in the number of extremely hot days in a year and a decrease in the number of cold winter days - have led to impacts on our water cycle, including fewer days of snow cover and heavier rainfall events. This recent trend of more frequent and powerful rainfall events is expected to continue, and presents challenges for local leaders and residents.

CCEDC works locally and regionally with other CCE associations and partners to educate municipal leaders and the public about tools they can use to reduce their communities' vulnerability to flooding and climate change. 

Last updated August 17, 2016