New Ulm, Minnesota, is located on the northern edge of Tornado Alley, an area of the central United States with frequent damaging tornadoes. The city’s location, between two rivers, makes it especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Flooding is growing more common and worse seemingly each passing year, along with tornadoes, drought, hail, and onslaughts of mosquitos and ticks during summer months.
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In February 2021, a winter storm caused statewide power and water outages in Texas. You may have heard about the power grid failure; the loss of power resulted in the failure of our water system due to frozen pumps and broken pipes.