BRAINTREE – The heavy rains of March 2010 are a good indicator of how climate change is likely to affect Braintree, Anne Herbst of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council said Monday night.
The Monatiquot River flooded the town’s public works garage, displacing the public works department for months. Flooding at the intersection of Hancock, Plain and Washington streets blocked heavily traveled routes and halted service on a commuter rail line.
Following the storms, the federal flood insurance program paid out $1.2 million in Braintree claims, and uninsured costs in town totaled $1.1 million.
The town received $319,000 in disaster-relief funding from the federal government.
With temperatures rising and precipitation increasing, such storms are likely to hit more often, Herbst said. (read more)
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