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SWFL to feel the impact of a worse-than-average sea level rise

FORT MYERS

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration models suggest a 1-foot rise in sea levels by 2050, but projections east of the Gulf of Mexico suggest an even worse increase of about 1 foot. ,5 feet. Experts say we have about 30 years until we see that full impact and it will happen gradually, but we need to be prepared.

Michael Savarese, professor of marine and earth sciences at Florida Gulf Coast University, says there are two problems with sea level rise.

The first problem is nuisance flooding: The tides will be so extreme that they will inundate even more of the city’s streets, backyards, and natural ecosystems. The second problem is high tide, coming storm season.

“As sea levels get higher, if you put a high tide above that sea level rise, then the high tide has more power to inundate the landscape,” says Savarese. “As we move forward, if, you know, Irma recurs on its own or if we have another major Category 3 or higher hurricane, we have a greater chance of experiencing storm surge associated with those impacts are due to sea level rise.”

Savarese said the city of Everglades, for example, has been troubled by nuisance flooding; Severe sea level rise like this would be a serious problem for the city and may not even be something the city can adapt to.

There may also be times when the property is no longer insurable because the insurance companies are unwilling to take the risk.

Carrie Schuman, Sanibel Captiva Conservancy’s coastal resilience manager, says rising seas will affect Southwest Florida’s infrastructure, which is why we need to think to taking steps to protect our homes and the environment.

“There’s a lot of things that might need to happen at different levels,” Schuman said. “That’s why you think of planning for this kind of thing that, you know, happens at the city level, happens at the homeowner level or the homeowners association level, and Are you thinking about the kind of best practices that can help keep water in one instance or logically in your yard. “

If you are insured through a flood insurance program, you will be required to act accordingly based on FEMA flood maps. Homeowner insurance and flood insurance have increased, so you can imagine what those costs might look like in 2050.

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