HARRISBURG – A legislative measure drafted by Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware) that would urge the federal government to make the resiliency of the country’s infrastructure a priority passed the House today with unanimous support.
House Resolution 231
would ask the federal government to improve resiliency requirements for buildings and infrastructure systems built before and after flood-related catastrophes, enhance the use of natural defenses in planning and preparedness, and reduce unsustainable development in high-risk areas.
Rising population and severe weather have both negatively impacted infrastructure. Since 2000, it is estimated that approximately $841 billion has been spent in response to flood-related disasters in the United States and its territories.
“The Commonwealth is the most prone to flooding in the nation, and residents suffer the greatest amount of property loss as a result. It’s clear that we need to provide safer, stronger and sustainable infrastructure,” Barrar said.
The American Society of Civil Engineers rated the country’s infrastructure quality as a D+ and recommended a comprehensive package of reforms. Business leaders, labor unions and members of Congress also recognize the need for improvement.
More than 250 elected officials from across the United States have signed a Statement of Principles supporting resilient infrastructure that will reduce risk and better meet economic, environmental and social needs.
Representative Stephen E. Barrar
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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