Minimizing damage from future floods will be the focus of a gathering today in Smithfield.
Powerful storms with heavy rain are expected to become more frequent as a result of climate change. That’s driving a growing need for better planning among communities across the state.
At the annual meeting of the Rhode Island Flood Mitigation Association, builders, planners, engineers and many others will network and exchange resources, said Jessica Stimson, who chairs the group.
“We’re looking to having our attendees walk away with a better understanding of activities and actions that they can take now to be more resilient to climate change,” said Stimson, who is also the hazard mitigation officer for the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency.
Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian will deliver a keynote speech focused on what his city has learned about planning for severe floods and other risks related to climate change.
“His city has been extremely proactive reducing the city’s susceptibility and vulnerability to flood hazards or any other natural hazards that would impact his city,” said Stimson.
The mayor will also talk about special paving techniques, rain gardens and other tools Warwick plans to use to control stormwater runoff.