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Flooding during high tides – something that rarely occurred in the past – is now common in some places and is projected to grow to the point that sections of coastal cities may flood so often they would become unusable in the near future, according to a report by the Union of Concerned Scientists (“UCS”), “Encroaching Tides: How Sea Level Rise and Tidal Flooding Threaten U.S. East and Gulf Coast Communities over the Next 30 Years.”

“Several decades ago, flooding at high tide was simply not a problem,” said Melanie Fitzpatrick, the report co-author and a climate scientist at UCS. “Today, when the tide is extra high, people find themselves splashing through downtown Miami, Norfolk, and Annapolis on sunny days and dealing with flooded roads in Atlantic City, Savannah, and  the coast of New Hampshire. In parts of New York City and elsewhere, homeowners are dealing with flooded basements, salt-poisoned yards, and falling property values, not only because of catastrophic storms, but because tides, aided by sea level rise, now cause flooding where they live.”

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