Floods are a fact of life in river valleys. Early residents of Harpers Ferry
did not know that clear-cutting forests would increase the number and
severity of floods. Today, floods threaten the traces of human history
that make Harpers Ferry special. Precious cultural resources like historic
buildings and unexcavated archeological
Our forests have rebounded, but our continued use of fossil fuels adds
to a climate that increases the chance of more severe floods. Follow the
timeline below to learn more about our flood history in Harpers Ferry.
Flooding and Climate Change
Trees, Coal, and the Climate Change Connection
Coal revolutionized Harpers Ferry when it was adopted as the main source of energy. Coal fueled stoves in homes and powered industries like U.S. Armory. We still burn coal to power homes and industry today. When we burn coal, carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere and contributes to climate change (Environmental Protection Agency, 2015). Changes in the climate will bring more intense storms to the Northeast, creating more severe flooding (U.S. National Climate Assessment, 2014).
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Last updated: November 20, 2015