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US Flood-prone Miami to spend billions tackling sea level rise

23:41  26 february  2021
23:41  26 february  2021 Source:   afp.com

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Rising sea levels cause saltwater to "intrude" further landward into the freshwater Biscayne Aquifer, increasing the vulnerability of the region’s drinking water to saltwater intrusion. Additionally, rising sea levels push salt water further into the Everglades, potentially causing loss of wetland plants and habitat. Visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Flood Exposure Map to determine if your neighborhood is prone to flooding , vulnerable to storm surge or likely to be affected by sea level rise . Learn how to protect your home against flooding risks with insurance or

Sea level rise is combining with other factors to regularly flood Miami . The city is running out of options to deal with it. A cyclist rides past a flooded area during a King Tide, an especially high tide, in Miami , on Oct. Miami ’s flooding has rapidly become routine. Since it happens beneath blue skies, many residents may overlook the dire warning signs mixed in with the waters. But while king tides are a natural phenomenon, the main reason they’re menacing Miami is because of climate change-related sea level rise .

The US city of Miami is to invest billions of dollars to tackle its vulnerability to rising sea levels, a reality that already affects the daily lives of residents used to constant flooding.

a small boat in a body of water: The Arkup luxury floating villa docked at Star Island in Miami Beach, Florida, on February 5, 2021. It costs $5.5 million and fits in with the rising sea levels that are threatening Florida © CHANDAN KHANNA The Arkup luxury floating villa docked at Star Island in Miami Beach, Florida, on February 5, 2021. It costs $5.5 million and fits in with the rising sea levels that are threatening Florida

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine-Cava said Friday she will protect communities hardest hit by rising sea levels, which eat away at beaches and leave residents particularly vulnerable to flooding during hurricane season.

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The rising sea level is flooding major cities and making hurricanes worse. It's caused by global warming. Local governments are spending billions to defend against these effects. Eastern Seaboard: Flood - prone areas in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut lost .7 billion in home values. By 2070, Miami streets will flood every single day That threatens 6 billion of real estate.

“If future sea - level rise causes once extreme but rare floods to occur frequently then … this may render some parts of the US coastline uninhabitable,” said Sean Vitousek, a scientist at the US Geological Survey. While small changes in the level of the sea may seem inconsequential, the researchers found that 5-10cm of sea level rise can double the chances of flooding , with most coastal locations around the US experiencing a doubling of extreme flooding events every decade this century.

a large body of water: The Arkup luxury floating villa 'looks like a house, but technically it's a boat,' says Nicolas Derouin, co-founder and managing director of Arkup, the Miami-based company that created this floating home with a fold-out terrace over the sea. © CHANDAN KHANNA The Arkup luxury floating villa 'looks like a house, but technically it's a boat,' says Nicolas Derouin, co-founder and managing director of Arkup, the Miami-based company that created this floating home with a fold-out terrace over the sea.

"We must continue to focus on restoration, preservation and protection of this sacred space," she told a news conference.

"And so we will be together investing billions of dollars... in our infrastructure so that we can lift this community and others that are so affected by sea level rise," she added.

She cited "adaptation action areas" as a first priority to be studied, which would include raising low-lying roads, and waterproofing and converting southern Florida's widely used septic tanks into sewage systems.

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Miami -Dade County faces a number of sea level rise risks, including increased urban flooding, increased saltwater intrusion and contamination of drinking water supplies, and flooding of power plant substations and ensuing power outages. With this increase, in just 30 years’ time, flood - prone locations in Miami -Dade County’s coastal communities would face roughly 380 high-tide flood events per year, and the extent of tidal floods would expand to affect new low-lying locations, including many low-income communities with limited resources for preparedness measures.

A report about how Miami Beach has a plan in place to curb street flooding , and how we're addressing sea level rise .

The area, with extensive wetlands and sitting on porous stone that acts like a sponge, makes the state one of the most at risk from rising sea levels.


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The problem is so visible that, during the summer rainy season, it is common to see Miamians kayaking along flooded avenues and cars sunk up to their windows.

The city of Miami Beach -- which is part of Miami-Dade County -- invested millions of dollars in raising the level of many of its streets in 2016.

And some private entrepreneurs have proposed creative, if expensive, ways to adapt to the challenge.

For example, Miami residents are used to seeing a houseboat that often docks near the port, although it has also appeared in other waters around Biscayne Bay.

It is valued at $5.5 million and adjusts to rising sea levels.

"It looks like a house, but technically it's a boat," said Nicolas Derouin, co-founder and managing director of Arkup, the Miami-based company that created this floating "villa" with a drop-down terrace over the sea.

The house, covered with a roof of solar panels, remains stable thanks to four hydraulic pillars that fix it to an underwater bed.

The Environmental Protection Agency says the sea level could rise by 30am to 120 cm over the coming century.

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