In speaking about the historic infrastructure bill that President Joe Biden will sign today, Mayor Errick D. Simmons, who recently returned from UN’s Climate Conference (COP26), says, “It’s a good start” to begin addressing aging infrastructure and climate-impact disasters losses of cities and towns.
The new infrastructure package allocates billions of dollars for projects to strengthen the country’s resilience to climate change. But there are questions about whether it’s even close to enough.
Mayor Simmons also states, “my folks realize the impacts caused by climate change and the changes that affect their daily lives. The City of Greenville experienced 37 sewer failures and 30 streets that failed in Greenville due to the Flood of 2019.”
Mayor Simmons represented 101 mayors in and near the Mississippi River Delta as part of the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative, an association of mayors along the river, which has developed a Climate/Disaster Resilience and Adaptation program because they recognize the need for their communities, many of which are smaller, to deal with the reality of a changing climate.
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