Flooding during high tide could occur so frequently in some U.S. cities in the future that parts could become “unusable,” according to a new report.
The report, published by the Union for Concerned Scientists, looked at 52 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tide gauges in coastal cities in Florida, Maryland, Georgia, Virginia and other states. UCS analyzed the states’ flooding risk under mid-range sea level rise predictions taken from the White House’s National Climate Assessment — an estimate of 5 inches of sea level rise by 2030, and 11 inches by 2045. It found that tidal flooding could triple in some cities in 15 years and occur 10 times as often in most cities in the next 30 years.
We have a couple of choices: move inland and to higher ground, or build barriers to keep the water out. The best solution — stop the climate change — is apparently no longer an option. That ship has sailed.