“It’s catastrophe upon catastrophe”—Michigan flooding is one of many pandemic weather disasters

Mother Jones | May 23, 2020 at 10:00 AM
  • This piece was originally published in HuffPost and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership.
  • Rivers swollen from days of record-breaking rain topped two dams in Michigan’s Midland County this week, flooding neighborhoods with enough brown, muddy water to fill an Olympic-size swimming pool every two seconds.
  • The catastrophe in Michigan wasn’t just predictable at a moment when climate change abatement projects look increasingly uncertain and economic austerity paralyzes governments’ capacity to upgrade aging infrastructure.