The Washington Post Sunday

A radical approach to floods

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The Sept. 8 Metro article “Alexandria floods pose quandary” about flooding and infrastruc­ture woes in Alexandria struck a nerve with this longtime city resident. Though I sympathize with my neighbors over their flooding issues, we need to step back and ask if the types of mitigation activities proposed really solve the problems over everincrea­sing flooding due to climate change.

Do we, in fact, have to do something more radical for coastal cities: rezone areas that were previously viewed as habitable to nonhabitab­le and right-size our zoning to take into greater considerat­ion the real effects of climate on our land use? Such an approach would be forward-leaning and more cost-effective for the challenges ahead.

Ross B. Simons, Alexandria

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