America's Preparedness Report Card 2015

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Rhode Island Inland Flooding

Rhode Island faces a below average threat level compared to other states assessed for inland flooding. It has taken strong action to address its current risks and more action than most states to implement adaptation measures for its projected future risks.



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


Is Rhode Island Taking Action?

  • A Resilient Rhode Island: Being Practical About Climate Change provides information about climate change-related inland flooding (among other threats) as well as potential adaptation strategies, including an implementation plan
  • Rhode Island Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council (EC4) was established in 2014 to take a lead role in developing and implementing a comprehensive approach to address inland flooding and other climate-related risks
  • SafeWaterRI gives a vulnerability score for each of the water utilities under various hazards, including drought, sea level rise, coastal flooding, riverine flooding, and hurricanes

Did you know...

  • More than 25,000 people in Rhode Island are living in flood-prone areas (defined as FEMA’s 100-year floodplain), which is below average among the 32 states assessed for inland flooding threats
  • By 2050, Rhode Island’s inland flooding threat is projected to see an above average increase of almost 50 percent (assuming the size of the vulnerable population stays the same)