Why New Jersey streets are not ready for the escalating flash floods driven by climate change

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ALEXIS SHANES and SCOTT FALLON / NORTHJERSEY.COM – Many cellphones in North Jersey squawked alerts repeatedly this summer about potential flash floods, as fast, heavy downpours inundated roadways, damaged property and forced first responders to rescue stranded motorists.

As climate change exacerbates flooding, New Jersey’s vulnerable inland communities have made few tangible strides to improve their resiliency by upgrading roadway storm drains, experts say.

Flooding has long been a problem in North Jersey, but decades-old storm drains, pipes and other infrastructure have proven to be even less effective in recent years as heavy rains become more common …

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