America's Preparedness Report Card 2015

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Ohio Inland Flooding

High runoff events could increase by 25 percent by 2050. Unlike most other states, Ohio has not taken any action to plan for its future changes in inland flood risks.



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


Is Ohio taking action?

  • Ohio is taking strong action to prepare for its current risks, but unlike other states, it has done little to assess its future flood risks
  • There is no action plan in place -- for any sectors analyzed -- for changes in inland flooding risks
  • The Department of Transportation is conducting a statewide climate change vulnerability assessment for its bridges

Did you know...

  • Since the 1950s the number of heavy downpours in Ohio has been increasing
  • Cinncinati, Columbus, and Cleveland are all within the top 50 U.S. cities with the strongest increases in downpours
  • The severity of Ohio's high runoff events (weighted by its vulnerable population) currently ranks in the top half of the 32 states assessed for inland flooding threat