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Floods On The Rise

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It’s a national trend: torrential rain that wipes away roads, homes, and lives. New Hampshire has also seen an increase in these storms, including this summer, resulting in a disaster declaration by the President. Officials, meanwhile, have been working to not only fix the damage from these storms but rebuild in ways that can better withstand the next one.

GUESTS:

  • Jennifer Jacobs – Professor of Civil Engineering at UNH. She researches surface water and teaches about flooding and management of water from different rainfall events. She is also the director of the Infrastructure and Climate Network, a network of people across climate and engineering disciplines that aims to fast track research in this area.

  • Sherry Godlewski – Environmental Program Manager for NH Department of Environmental Services Air Resources Division.

Callouts:

  • Mike Lavalla – Director of Public Works for Lebanon.
  • Perry Plumber – Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in New Hampshire.

*Here's a link to a website with more information about New Hampshire's floodplain: http://ow.ly/p3Uqx
  

Laura is well known in New Hampshire for her in-depth coverage of important issues and is widely regarded for her interviews with presidential hopefuls. Laura is a graduate of Keene High School in New Hampshire. Prior to hosting The Exchange, Laura worked in public radio in Washington, D.C. as a local reporter and announcer for WAMU and as a newscaster for NPR. Before her radio career, she was a researcher for USA Today's "Money" section, and a research assistant at the Institute for International Economics. Laura occasionally guest hosts national programs such as The Diane Rehm Show and Here and Now. In 2007 Laura was named New Hampshire Broadcaster of the Year by the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters.
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