Flooding in Freetown:
In a city prone to catastrophe, how can we move from disaster recovery to resilience?
The Regent-Lumley Disaster killed more than 1100 Freetonians. The challenges Freetown faces are common to many coastal cities and will only become more prevalent with increased urbanization and climate change.
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In 2017, Freetown experienced the most disastrous landslide and flood in its history. The existing geology and reliance on informal structures in both its economy and housing created the perfect storm for destruction. In the aftermath, the Transform Freetown Initiative put forth potential strategies toward resiliency and comprehensive urban planning. This case presents policy recommendations to move from recovery to resilient land management. In the face of climate change and increased extreme precipitation events, solutions to these problems will only become more important.