No matter who or what is ultimately deemed responsible for last week’s dramatic landslide that caused a major portion of East 26th Street to collapse onto adjoining CSX tracks, it’s clear that unusually heavy rains played a role. The hillside was destabilized, at least in part, by a torrential downpour that brought as much rain in a few days as Baltimore normally sees in the entire month of April.
What’s worrisome is that this vulnerability — a city’s aging infrastructure pitted against unusually severe weather — is likely to become an even greater problem in the future. At least that’s one of the concerns raised this week by the National Climate Assessment, which found that climate change is already having an adverse impact on the nation.
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