Flooding during and after rainstorms is a growing concern for residents and businesses in Stoughton and neighboring communities.
The Town is looking at current and future flood risks and we need to hear from you!
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The project team has conducted Town-wide simulations of various storm scenarios to determine how much flooding is expected for different durations and volumes of rainfall (e.g., a flash flood event with heavy downpour vs. light rainfall over the course of a day).
The results of the simulation are being used by Town staff to determine which areas are at the highest risk for flooding, and where critical facilities such as hospitals and police stations are particularly vulnerable to potential impacts of flooding.
The two highest priority areas that will be studied further are the York Street/Redwing Brook area near the hospital and the Downtown area. These preliminary results were presented during a virtual public meeting held on February 13, 2024. A video recording of the meeting may be viewed here.
Stoughton Focus Group Updates
November 16, 2023 —
Stoughton Focus Group members met last night with NepRWA staff for a brief presentation about the expected impacts of climate change, human and environmental consequences of those impacts, and an introduction to climate resilience efforts undertaken by the Town of Stoughton
Watch the video to learn more!
Project Background Information
The Town of Stoughton is working with Kleinfelder consultants and the Neponset River Watershed Association to study flooding in Town. This includes developing a computer-based “flood model” to map present areas of concern as well as what might happen in the future as the climate continues to warm up and change rain patterns.
The Town can’t solve every flooding problem, but by studying the issue, Stoughton can prioritize problem areas and begin developing solutions to reduce future flooding, and protect Stoughton homes, businesses, and natural areas where possible.
This project is made possible by a Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program Action Grant awarded to the Town of Stoughton.
For more information or any questions, please contact NepRWA Managing Director for Community Resilience, Kerry Snyder at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-575-0354 ext. 300.
General Information about Climate Change in Stoughton
What is climate change? It’s a long-term increase in global temperatures. That doesn’t mean that every day is getting warmer, but it does mean the Stoughton area is experiencing changes in weather patterns because of those warmer temperatures.
Weather records already show:
- More heavy rainstorms;
- More drought;
- More days that reach 90 degrees or more; and
- More intense, windy storms
Norfolk County—Avg. Daily Maximum Temp (°F)
Towns across Massachusetts are working to adapt to these changes. But they can’t do it alone.
The Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program funds projects each year to help cities and towns plan for and make necessary changes to reduce risks to people, property, and infrastructure.