Flood Risk Increasing

Aug 28, 2019

To the Editor:

According to a new report published by Climate Central and Zillow, recent housing growth rates are faster in 10-year flood-risk zones in a third of all coastal states. This report was updated in July 2019 with new data. New Jersey is developing risk zones more than two times faster than safer locations and is in the top three for allowing the most homes in risk zones, more than 9,000 since 2010.

Ocean City, Beach Haven West, North Beach Haven and Avalon made the top 10 list of most new homes in the 10-year risk zone. Evidence of sea level rise is already apparent in many of these communities. Streets are going underwater during full moons. Sewers are backing up, and even on sunny days flooding is occurring on high tides.

The report shows New Jersey is in the top two in the nation as most vulnerable state when it comes to sea level rise and climate change. This is downright scary because things are getting worse in New Jersey while our state is doing nothing about it.

The administration shows no sense of urgency to strengthen adaptation and mitigation programs. We are the only state in the region without a Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Plan, we are using out-of-date maps for coastal planning and the administration is still using Christie’s weakened rules that cause more flooding.

We cannot keep putting people in danger by building in flood-prone areas. This is the umpteenth report coming out about climate change, and the Murphy administration is still not hearing it.

Jeff Tittel, director

New Jersey Sierra Club

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