Potential Changes in Precipitation
Heavy rains and snow could become more frequent in winter and spring. Increased intensity of downpours will make travel more dangerous, flood basements, pollute bodies of water, damage crops, stress the city’s infrastructure and disrupt transportation. During summer, rains may fall more heavily but less frequently, translating to more dry spells as well.
In collaboration with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD), the City will prepare a watershed plan that factors in projected climate changes, the first time these changes will be included in a Chicago regional infrastructure plan. The City will also collaborate with MWRD and other municipal agencies to find ways to use available space – from vacant land to parking lots – to manage stormwater.
Prepare for Floods
The Chicago Office of Emergency Management Communications produced a brochure to help Chicago residents and businesses prepare for floods. View the brochure here.