Northampton is looking into ways to help keep people safe during damaging storms. It’s called the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program.
Northampton received the largest single grant in the state of $400,000. It will pay for the design of green infrastructure to catch stormwater before it reaches stormwater pipes, floodplains, and areas affected by flooding.
Northampton is one of 34 communities that received this state funding from the Baker-Polito Administration.
22News spoke with Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz on how a green infrastructure can help prepare for climate change and build resilience.
“It’s part of our larger planning effort, looking at how we both mitigate and also adapt to climate change, which contrary to some people, it’s real,” Narkewicz said.
Other communities who have received funding are Belchertown, Holyoke, Northampton, and Pelham.
Holyoke will use the money to learn from Hurricane Maria survivors on how to adapt and care for vulnerable residents affected by extreme weather.
Stormwater is a top priority here in Northampton.