US communities struggle to prepare for growing rainstorm threat

14th Apr, 2021

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Design standards for roads and construction regulations are based on often outdated precipitation estimates (Getty Images)

When then-Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, a Republican, announced plans in 2017 for a sprawling Foxconn electronics plant, he touted the 13,000 promised jobs and $10 billion (£7 billion) investment spread across 1,000 acres, much of it farmland. Downstream across the border in Lake County, Illinois, officials focused on a more sinister byproduct: water.

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