Welcome to the future, where the once-every-century storm is now just a regular summer event. Tropical Storm Ida exposed our infrastructure like COVID-19 exposed our health care system. More than two dozen New Jersey residents died. In Hoboken, the poster child for urban storm flooding, there were four water-main breaks, with damage to the main aqueduct causing a boil-water advisory for four days; residents lined up to get drinkable water.
The pre-dystopian scene seems to have — at least many hope it seems to have — opened some eyes.