US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Scientists have long been sounding the alarm, talking about global warming and its consequences for the world’s population.
Some cities are particularly vulnerable to this phenomenon, as sea levels rise, and therefore cities on the coast can become victims of floods that destroy buildings, infrastructure and kill people. Increased rainfall can also lead to flash flooding in urban areas, damaging the foundations of buildings and washing away livelihoods. Whilst foundation repair concrete can fix the damage, these types of weather events are set to occur more often, leading to huge repair bills for property owners.
Below we will talk about 8 American cities, which, according to experts, may disappear by 2100 due to flooding.
New Orleans Louisiana
New Orleans has still not fully recovered from the devastating Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
The city is located in a river delta, which makes it vulnerable to flooding. Some areas of the city are below sea level.
Already, a significant part of the city goes under water.
Sea level rises quickly enough, so many houses and roads in the city are already flooded.
According to a 2018 study by Union of Concerned Scientists, 12,000 homes in Miami will run the risk of chronic flooding over the next 30 years. Thus, living space with a total value of about $ 6.4 billion is at stake.
As in the case of New Orleans, Houston goes under water, and at a fairly fast pace – about 5 cm per year. This is due to the pumping of groundwater, which creates a pressure difference and leads to subsidence of the soil.
That is why the city is becoming more vulnerable to floods, as in the case of Hurricane Harvey, which damaged nearly 135 thousand houses and left about 30 thousand people without housing.
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Atlantic City has survived more than one flood. During the hurricane Sandy in 2012, between 70% and 80% of the city was under water. Scientists say that this is the most vulnerable city in America: 37 thousand people are at risk.
One of New York’s districts, Queens, is in the greatest danger. According to scientists, nearly 2,700 homes, or 7,200 people, are at risk of flooding.
If this happens, property worth a total of $ 1.2 billion will be destroyed.
Charleston South Carolina
Charleston is even more vulnerable than Atlantic City. About 64 thousand people are at risk of flooding over the next 100 years.
Boston may not be completely under water by 2100, but the city in the form in which it exists today will cease to exist.
According to a 2016 study, every sixth house in Boston will be under water by 2100.
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Virginia Beach is located at the intersection of Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. As sea level rises, water in both bodies of water will rise and flood the city.
The city already has one of the highest rates of sea level rise on the East Coast.
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