GAO: Flooding at Fort Irwin
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GAO: Flooding at Fort Irwin


[ Background Music ]>>On August 25, 2013, Fort Irwin and its adjacent National Training Center was hit with an extreme rain event, in which approximately one year’s worth of rain fell in a very short period of time.>>And we got up to three inches of rain in about 80 minutes.>>The flooding caused by the storm damaged more than 160 facilities. In this barracks building, the flood water reached 15 feet high in the basement, damaging the boiler and electric system for the entire building. Eight roads, one bridge, and 11,000 linear feet of fencing were also damaged by flooding. The storm also caused damage at the National Training Center, which is used to prepare troops for deployment. Overall, the extreme rain event resulted in an estimated 64 million dollars in damage. With bases like Fort Irwin, and training ranges across all regions of the United States, the Department of Defense is vulnerable to the potential impacts of climate change. While it is not possible to link any individual weather event to climate change, these events provide insight into the potential climate-related vulnerabilities. [Background Music] To learn more about DOD’s actions to adapt its U.S. infrastructure to the challenges of climate change, see GAO-14-446, which you can find on our website, GAO.gov. Video and images were provided courtesy of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District.

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