Climate Change Adaptation in Phoenix: “Create green infrastructure to capture rainwater,” says Lyssa Hall
Drought and Flash Floods in Arizona
“In August 2014, we had a couple of big rain events that have caused flooding throughout the Phoenix metro area. Phoenix can get a lot of rain in a very short period of time. In a couple areas we had 5-inches come down in just a few hours. There were retention basins that were completely filled and ended up overflowing and taking out walls,” reports Lyssa Hall, Neigbourhood Specialist with the City of Phoenix.
“We are dealing with a two decade drought and at the same time flooding – due to the over pavement and the loss of our natural wash system. In that challenge there is an opportunity to create green infrastructure to capture rainwater to support the creation of tree lined streets and green spaces that support a healthier and more liveable Phoenix. To quote Sir Winston Churchill, ‘Never let a crisis go to waste’.”
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Below, a home video provided by Lyssa Hall to show the impact of flooding in one neighbourhood: