Development brings a flood of problems

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Although laws and regulations have been enacted to try to minimize the effects of sprawling suburban construction, flooding from weather events continues to be a problem. "What used to be a safe place to build now is becoming a flood-prone area," said Jeffrey Featherstone, director of the Center for Sustainable Communities at Temple. Changing regulations and increased rainfall due to the changing climate are making things more complicated. "If I were the master of the universe, I would put a cushion on floodplain regulations," he said.