Center for Neighborhood Technology collecting flood stories to help support Urban Flooding Awareness Act Legislation

Nov 19, 2015 | News & Views, What's New

Center for Neighborhood Technology collecting flood stories to help support Urban Flooding Awareness Act Legislation

In an effort to urge Congress to support the Urban Flooding Awareness Act, the Center for Neighborhood Technology/Rain Ready is asking for stories from home and business owners who have suffered flood damage.

The Urban Flooding Awareness Act is aimed at reducing damage to properties caused by sewer backups and flooding caused by severe weather.

Harriet Festing, director of the water program and RainReady with the CNT in Chicago, said these “personal stories are critical to our success.” Sharing the story can be done at this link, and will take five minutes.

Following are the target cities Festing is hoping to collect stories from.

Illinois: Chicago, Aurora, Rockford, Joliet, Naperville, Springfield, Peoria, Elgin, Waukegan, Cicero
Pennsylvania: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, Erie, Reading, Scranton, Harrisburg, Fayette
California: San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, Fullerton, Yorba Linda, Diamond Bar, Inglewood, Lawndale, Torrance D.C.
Texas: Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, El Paso, Arlington, Corpus Christi, Lubbock, Abilene
Rhode Island: Providence, Warwick, Cranston, Pawtucket, East Providence, Woonsocket, Coventry, Cumberland, North Providence, West Warwick
Alabama: Birmingham, Montgomery, Mobile, Huntsville, Tuscaloosa, Hoover
Idaho: Boise, Nampa, Meridian, Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Caldwell
Tennessee: Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Clarksville, Murfreesboro
Louisiana: New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Metairie, Lafayette, Lake Charles
Ohio: Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo, Akron, Dayton
New York: New York, Buffalo, Rochester, Yonkers, Syracuse, Albany
New Jersey: Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth, Edison, Toms River
Virginia: Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Richmond, Newport News, Alexandria, Hampton, Roanoke, Winchester, Fairfax
Florida: Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Hialeah, Tallahassee, Fort Lauderdale

If you live in the Chicago area, you may contact Festing at If you live in another U.S. city affected by urban flooding, please get in touch with Burrell Poe at