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Critical infrastructure at risk

Flooding near the Main Street Bridge along the Southbank Riverwalk following Tropical Storm Ian.
Hanna Holthaus
Florida Times-Union
Flooding occurs near the Main Street Bridge along the Southbank Riverwalk after Tropical Storm Ian.

A new analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists puts Florida in the cone of concern for increased flooding risks to broad segments of critical infrastructure. The report identifies the First Coast bridges, hospitals and sewage treatment plants expected to begin flooding as often as twice a year by 2050. We learn what infrastructure is at risk and how the city is preparing for the threat.


  • Juan Declet-Barreto, senior social scientist for climate vulnerability with the Climate and Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists.
  • Anne Coglianese, chief resilience officer with the city of Jacksonville.

Then, Dr. Andrea Douglas, executive director of the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, shares lessons from the state of Virginia’s contentious journey to remove and recast monuments to the Confederacy. She’s in town to facilitate a workshop with local volunteers about how to move forward after the removal of the Women of Southland monument in Springfield park.

Plus, a preview of this weekend’s 904 Salsa Fest featuring salsa band Ritmo Y Sabor.

  • Liz McCoy, executive director of James Weldon Johnson Park.
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