Rotterdam resiliency policies include residential provisions

Relocating wiring and replacing wooden floors are among the newest storm protection measures.

December 09, 2013

The low-lying city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands is a world leader in storm resiliency, with policies that impact private homes as well as public infrastructure. In an initial step, one neighborhood is now fully storm-adapted, with residents in every house having moved wiring from the basement to an upper floor to prevent power outages when the basement is flooded, and replaced wooden floors with floor coverings that better resist water. The city is subsidizing green roofs with a 50 percent discount, and training roofers to install them rather than asphalt ones.

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