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NOAA: Get Ready For More Coastal Flooding In The Near Future

In Satellite Beach homes perch atop a sand dune, left exposed after a series of storms and hurricanes washed away a sea wall. Photo by Amy Green

A new federal report out July 10 characterizes coastal tidal flooding as a rapidly growing problem, with impacts that soon will be chronic – unless communities adapt.

Coastal tidal flooding is among the most recognizable signs of sea-level rise as high water floods roadways and threatens fresh groundwater supplies and septic systems.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report predicts by next year the frequency of flooding will have doubled over the last 20 years. Here’s oceanographer William Sweet.

“By the time a new 30-year mortgage is paid off in about 2050 the New York City region, which had about 12 days of high tide flooding in 2018, will experience about 55 to 135 days of high tide flooding on average.”

Brevard County had four flood days last year. That number is expected to increase to between 20 and 65 days in 2050.


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About Amy Green

Reporter and Producer

Amy Green covers the environment and climate change at WMFE News. She is an award-winning journalist and author whose extensive reporting on the Everglades is featured in the book MOVING WATER, published by Johns Hopkins University Press, and podcast DRAINED, available wherever you get your podcasts. Amy’s ... Read Full Bio »