Editor’s Note: This is WYPR’s first story in ongoing coverage of the environment in Maryland known as Climate Change In Your Backyard.
As Olivia Lomax rode around the streets of Turner Station, a historically Black neighborhood which sits on a peninsula near Dundalk in Baltimore County, she remembered when floodwaters threatened her daughter’s nearby home.
Lomax offered a tour of the community near an old Bethlehem Steel site that was once an economic hub. Some homes there have a view of Bear Creek, which flows into the Patapsco River and eventually into the Chesapeake Bay.
Driving around the neighborhood sparked a flashback to when streets looked more like rivers. During one storm, she saw floodwaters encompass more land in lower lying areas.
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