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Delaware Inland Flooding

Delaware is one of the leaders in preparing for inland flooding risks. Not only has it developed a climate change adaptation plan, but it is already implementing strategies to improve resilience.

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For more information on how prepared Delaware is for its growing inland flooding threat, read the detailed state report.

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Is Delaware taking action?

  • Delaware is one of only two states that has taken extensive action to plan for climate change-related inland flooding risks
  • For example, the Climate Framework for Delaware (the state's adaptation plan) incorporates sector-specific adaptation recommendations across all sectors examined
  • The Floodplain and Drainage Committee has recommended higher building standards to address future inland flooding risks, and much of the state has voluntarily adopted these standards

Did you know...

  • By 2050, Delaware is projected to see a 70 percent increase in severity of high flow events (assuming the size of the vulnerable population stays the same)