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Living in a neighborhood that floods, rain or shine

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🗞️ Driving the news: Danielle Smith's experience with high-tide flooding in Far Rockaway, Queens, is a stark example of the increasing vulnerability of New York City's coastal neighborhoods
• With climate change causing sea levels to rise, areas like the Rockaways are facing more frequent "nuisance floods" or "sunny-day floods," which occur not due to weather but due to gravitational pulls during new or full moons

🔭 The context: Around 100,000 New Yorkers live in areas affected by chronic flooding, with half of them in communities around Jamaica Bay
• Predictions indicate that by 2050, Lower Manhattan could experience 85 days of high-tide flooding annually, and by the century's end, 600,000 residents could be regularly affected

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The increasing frequency of high-tide floods highlights the urgent need for climate change mitigation
• These floods can disrupt daily life, causing missed work and school days, and pose long-term existential threats to coastal communities

⏭️ What's next: New York City is addressing the issue by elevating infrastructure and considering managed retreat, including rezoning and potential buyouts of high-risk homes; however, the challenge lies in the pace and scale of these adaptations in the face of budget constraints

💬 One quote: "Tidal flooding is a pretty significant existential climate threat" (Louise Yeung, New York City Comptroller)

📈 One stat: Since 2000, the U.S. East Coast has seen a 150% increase in annual high-tide flooding days

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