Flooding Impacts Southwestern Spring: Residents on one Springfield street have complained to Western Mass News about flooding. They said the water on their road rises so high that they can’t leave their houses. In this case, the City is not responsible.
On Monday, Joan Wellington filmed her street, which had become a pond with inches of water. That’s what she told Western Mass News.
Answers are forthcoming. We discovered Humbert Street is private. Unaccepted as a municipal roadway, a private route may not meet public requirements, according to the City website.
The city is not liable for these roads. Private contractors constructed most private roads. Western Mass News spoke with Chris Pignoli, director of Public Works. It’s unclear what further knowledge he has.
People are unable to leave their houses when the water rises, according to Wellington.
Wellington says she feels uncomfortable on this route and wants it fixed. Wellington warned with all the rain, flooding may persist for days. We’ve made additional calls to the DPW and are still waiting.
Climate change is expected to make rainstorms more severe in San Antonio. One of several adaptation strategies in San Antonio’s 2019 Climate Action and Adaptation Plan.
This rain is going to be a little less random than we anticipated, more structured, and more intense. An emergency operations center may order evacuations or close roadways if catastrophic flooding is predicted.
Flooding in San Antonio, both short- and long-term, is a pressing issue. In a metropolis used to heavy downpours and flash floods, emergency management must plan for the future. Heavier severe drought and more downpours are predicted for Texas, with the type and extent of change varied by area.
Simply stated, when it rains, the city becomes dryer. Increased rainfall will not occur evenly throughout the year. It will instead fall in concentrated spurts, followed by flash floods.
Hatim Sharif, an engineering professor at the University of Texas in San Antonio, performed research for the city in 2018.
According to Sharif, temperatures, rainfall, and “extreme precipitation” occurrences may increase in San Antonio. Rainfall estimates for severe 24-hour storms from 2071 to 2100 were compared to 1971-2000 baselines.
Sharif determined that a 1-in-10-year storm would have 2.8 inches more rainfall and a 1-in-100-year storm would have 4.9 inches more. The research found that average yearly rainfall would decline by 3.6 inches while maximum summer temperatures would rise by 10 degrees.