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In Gloucester City, the carnage wrought by Hurricane Ida is still a raw memory. The storm produced sixteen tornado warnings in the Philadelphia area and in Gloucester County alone, damaging more than 100 buildings. The damage from this storm and the increasing trend in the Screen Shot 2021-11-25 at 11.21.07 power and frequency of many others has forced homeowners to take stock. For many, preventing and mitigating potential storm damage has become a top priority, and we’re seeing that evidence in the landscaping trends in Gloucester City. 
Controlling Runoff
Homeowners that found their properties flooded during Ida were anxious to pump the water out of their basements. Then, after the cleanup was underway, they looked to landscaping and drainage solutions to control runoff in the hopes of preventing a repeat in the next storm. While many are still motivated to make their neighbors green with envy, they also recognize the need to be good stewards of the environment. So there is an increased tendency to complete projects that maintain their healthy outdoor space but also aid the environment by producing oxygen, capturing carbon dioxide, and capturing rainwater for irrigation. 
Green Space
Developing and preserving open space is a top priority in the Gloucester City area. So while many homeowners are cleaning up their yards, The Landscape Project is working to preserve green space and natural habitats for imperiled species through their extensive mapping project. Protecting biodiversity through a proactive approach has been the hallmark of the  NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife’s plan since 1994. But the project has taken on new urgency as urban dwellers increasingly seek outdoor and wildlife-based activities for recreation and an escape from the city. 
Looking for Help
For many in Gloucester City affected by the wrath of Ida, the financial aspect of the situation is the biggest limiting factor in their recovery. The scale and cost of even simple landscaping projects like tree trimming and installing drainage can be daunting. So, even though it has been months since the storm made landfall in the area, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) are still on the ground providing support. They have mobile recovery trucks where those in need can stop by and apply for aid and low-interest disaster loans. The deadline is December 6th.  
Home Gardens
For many, the COVID19 pandemic meant lockdowns and more time at home. Combined with the fear and isolation of the pandemic, having some more time to work in their yard saw many seeking the soothing tranquility of family gardening. Seed sales soared globally, and vegetable gardens bloomed, providing not only a bounty of homegrown vegetables, plants, and flowers but a healthy and productive escape from the angst and uncertainty on the news. At a time when supply chains were stretched and even interrupted, home gardening provided an outlet and outdoor exercise but actually helped put food on family tables. Gloucester City and the Philadelphia region are no exception, as gardens continue to pop up. 
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