US communities facing increasing flooding and need for managed retreat with sea level rise

July 2020, Georgetown Climate Center Communities across the U.S. are facing urgent challenges from sea-level rise and climate impacts; a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration documented the increasing frequency of “sunny-day” flooding in coastal areas, and recent analysis by the First Street Foundation suggests that millions more U.S. homes are at risk of catastrophic flooding than …

Nearly twice as many properties may be susceptible to flood damage than previously thought

Percentage of properties at risk of flooding during a major storm New Data Reveals Hidden Flood Risk Across America By Christopher Flavelle, Denise Lu, Veronica Penney, Nadja Popovich and John Schwartz in NYTimes, June 29, 2020 Nearly twice as many properties may be susceptible to flood damage than previously thought, according to a new effort to map the danger. Across much of the United States, the …

Adaptation through managed retreat from the coast or other impacted area

On March 19, 2020, GCC brought the authors and advisors working on the Equitable Adaptation Toolkit together for a virtual roundtable to discuss and inform the toolkit’s development. Read more about the convening here. About the Challenge: Equity and Climate Impacts Two of the biggest challenges facing the United States are the social inequalities that put the health and well-being of disadvantaged populations at risk, …

In 30 years from now, on the current path, almost half a million existing homes will be on land that floods at least once a year

Rising seas threaten an American institution: The 30-year mortgage The New York Times | Christopher Flavelle Up and down the coastline, rising seas and climate change are transforming a fixture of American homeownership that dates back generations: the classic 30-year mortgage. Home buyers are increasingly using mortgages that make it easier for them to stop making their monthly payments and …

How planned retreat is evolving with use of eminent domain

Trump Administration presses cities to evict homeowners from flood zones The New York Times | Christopher Flavelle The federal government is giving local officials nationwide a painful choice: Agree to use eminent domain to force people out of flood-prone homes, or forfeit a shot at federal money they need to combat climate change. That choice, part of an effort by …

Flood fatigue: Neighborhood hit by 3rd flood in 2 years. ‘We’ve got to go’

Neighborhood hit by 3rd flood in 2 years. ‘We’ve got to go’ E&E News | Daniel Cusick For 70,000 residents of Kingwood in northeast Houston, it doesn’t matter that Imelda wasn’t a hurricane. The misery is the same: flooded homes, forced relocations, shattered lives. Sharion Haynie and her husband, James, are for the second time in two years holed up …

Managed Retreat: Move, Don’t Rebuild, Research Suggests

By Kendra Pierre-Louis, Aug. 22, 2019, NYTimes.com What should communities do as climate change escalates threats like sea-level rise? Until now, much of the focus has been on disaster response, with very little discussion of orderly, strategic retreat from areas at risk. After Hurricane Sandy in 2012, for example, the New York State governor’s office ran a public service announcement that …

This Is What America Could Look Like When Our Coasts Are Under Water

By Shayla Love in Vice, Jul 23 2019 HUNTER FRENCH Soldier’s Grove is a small town of fewer than 600 people located near the Kickapoo River in Wisconsin. The Kickapoo is not a genial body of water. In 1907, the river flooded, dumping record amounts of water into downtown Soldier’s Grove. Then it did so again in 1912, 1917, 1935, 1951, and 1978. The …