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New flood maps tell us we aren’t doing enough to stop rising waters

Chicago Sun Times

Chicago and the region need to step up fast to reduce flooding and protect inhabitants and businesses. 

More than a century and a half ago, our low-lying city launched an ambitious undertaking to raise its buildings, streets and sidewalks by several feet to make room for sewers and to reduce flooding.

Now, a new model shows it’s time for another ambitious undertaking. The model, created by a group of academics and experts called the First Street Foundation, says the city of Chicago has the nation’s largest percentage of properties that are unexpectedly prone to flooding.

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