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Sea-level flooding risk higher with global warming

Posted On Fri, March 23, 2012

Those who live at or near sea-level may be at a higher risk than before to have their homes damaged by flooding, according to a report from Climate Central.

The report, "Surging Seas," noted that coastal flooding risks have already doubled due to climate change, and by 2030, more flooding may occur through significant storm surges. These incidents may go as high as four feet above the traditional high tide mark. More than 2.5 million homes in America would be affected by this, and approximately 5 million people live in these properties. Already, there are more than 280 cities in various parts of the United States that would be affected by this.

This could expand water levels to five feet above the current high tide levels by 2050, the report said. This would affect approximately 6 million people.

"Escalating floods from sea level rise will affect millions of people, and threaten countless billions of dollars of damage to buildings and infrastructure," Strauss said. "To preserve our coastal towns, cities and treasures, the nation needs to confront greenhouse gas pollution today, while also preparing to address sea level rise that can no longer be avoided."

Those who lack sufficient standard home insurance and live near or on the coast may want to explore the available options. There are a plethora of home insurance quotes available, and it could be wise to compare them before deciding. Every plan is different and those who are patient may get the best deal available.

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