Get Set For Frequent Flooding In Coastal U.S. Cities

Posted by Mike Confino, December 25, 2014

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Over the past 170 years or so, the odds that storm water would crash over Manhattan’s 5.74-foot-high Battery Park seawall lept 20-fold. In the mid-1800s the seawall would be overtopped roughly once every 100 to 400 years; between climate change and a re-engineered New York Harbor, Battery Park now faces inundation every four to five years.

New York is not the only coastal American city that faces a future of rampant flooding. And even within New York, not every part of the city is protected by a seawall. According to Climate Central, reporting on a new study, the damp future of climate change-enhanced flooding will be here for large parts of the country far sooner than scientists previously thought.

via Get Set For Frequent Flooding In Coastal U.S. Cities | Smart News | Smithsonian.

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