America's Preparedness Report Card 2015

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Maine Inland Flooding

Maine faces one of the nation's greatest inland flooding threats, but is one of only a handful of states that have taken strong action to understand its vulnerability to future risks. Due to its large overall threat, Maine still needs to implement adaptation measures to prepare for its projected increase in inland flooding risk from climate change.



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


Is Maine taking action?

  • People and Nature: Adapting to a Changing Climate is a statewide adaptation plan containing a series of recommendations to prepare for projected flooding. However, there is limited evidence that the adaptation measures are being implemented or that there is a timeline for implementation
  • The Department of Transportation has taken efforts to incorporate climate projections for inland flooding in its culvert resizing projects
  • Maine could do more by expanding resilience implementation measures beyond the transportation sector

Did you know...

  • The number of very heavy downpours in Maine has increased since the 1950s
  • More than 10 percent of Maine's population are living in flood-prone areas, which is the largest proportion of any of the states assessed for inland flooding