Professor: Future bleak for those along the river

By Matt Hicks
By Steve Miller

August 21, 2013 Updated Aug 21, 2013 at 7:33 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) As Binghamton University prepares for President Barack Obama's visit, one of the school's professors is making sure Greater Binghamton is prepared in the case severe flooding happens in the future.

Associate Geology and Environmental Studies Professor Peter Knuepfer has been researching the history of flooding in the Susquehanna River basin.

Although the recent flooding in 2006 and 2011 have surpassed anything recorded in modern times, Kneupfer said it's only going to get worse.

"I used to think it was just bad luck -- when you've been around, the odds have caught up with us. In fact, it looks like the frequency of flooding is changing. The severity, the likelihood of extreme events are changing, and it will continue to change in the wrong direction, if you will, as the climate continues to warm," said Knuepfer.

He said building up river banks can be a costly option, and it may be cheaper for municipalities to gradually move their infrastructure away from rivers and streams.

Knuepfer's presentation was part of the Binghamton Community Lab at the Lost Dog Café.

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