So-called “nuisance flooding” has increased in coastal communities, flooding occurs now with most high tides, overwhelming stormwater infrastructure and leaving entire neighborhoods damaged, and city infrastructure crippled. The term “nuisance” belies the major disruption this causes on lives and livelihoods. Repeated and frequent floods also cause stress and health issues from recurrent problems like mold and encountering waters containing toxins.
Climate change and it’s subsequent sea level rise, stronger storms and more extreme storms all add up to more frequent flooding for many coastal cities. This inundation of water creates chronic problems for homes and a city’s infrastructure.