Scott Pruitt

Hurricane preparedness — and denial

Hurricane preparedness — and denial

Even for Americans not in the direct path of the one-two punch of Harvey and Irma, September’s record-breaking hurricanes have been a wake-up call. Most Marylanders, at least those not middle-aged or above, likely have no memory of Tropical Storm Agnes, the 1972 storm that killed 19 in Maryland, most as the result of flooding. For those who do, however, the hurricane-driven walls of water that struck cities from Galveston, Texas to Fort Myers, Fla. (and in the case of Irma, continue to threaten the Southeast), may have brought back painful memories of rainfall that arrived so quickly and in such overwhelming quantity that officials contemplated blowing up a section of the Conowingo Dam to...

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