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Cascading Consequences of Heavy Rainfall for Urban Systems

Figure 11.6

SRA International, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Susan Herrod Julius, Katherine Loizos

This figure appears in chapter 11 of the Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States: The Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume II report.

With heavy downpours increasing nationally, urban areas experience costly impacts. (top) In cities with combined sewer systems, storm water runoff flows into pipes containing sewage from homes and industrial wastewater. Intense rainfall can overwhelm the system so untreated wastewater overflows into rivers. Overflows are a water pollution concern and increase risk of exposure to waterborne diseases. (bottom) Intense rainfall can also result in localized flooding. Closed roads and disrupted mass transit prevent residents from going to work or school and first responders from reaching those in need. Home and commercial property owners may need to make costly repairs, and businesses may lose revenue. Source: EPA.

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