Rising Flood Rates Continue to Threaten U.S. Coasts

Posted on: November 4, 2014 | By: Michael T. | flood clean up, sea cliff

Rising Flood Rates Continue to Threaten U.S. Coasts

The effects of climate change are about to be felt a lot quicker and a lot more often in many major U.S. coastal cities. A new report published by The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration takes a look at the phenomenon of so-called “nuisance flooding.”

water that needs to be vacuumed out of commercial building san franciscoThe report states hurricanes and tropical storms will no longer be required to cause floods in metropolitan and suburban areas. With flood rates reaching the highest they’ve been in more than 50 years, scientists and urban planners are worried about how this can impact both local ecology and city infrastructure.

Many homeowners are already familiar with how destructive water is. If you’ve recently suffered a flood from a plumbing failure, storm or other cause, then you’ve experienced the damage and hassle associated with a flood. For water removal and damage restoration in Sea Cliff, contact Allied Restoration Company. Call us today at 415-529-5637.

Nuisance Flooding Frequency Spikes in Coastal Regions

Perhaps one of the most alarming facts about recent discoveries is the fact that major storms are no longer required to trigger floods. Instead, higher tides and typical rain storms are causing floods to appear in areas that are proving difficult for traffic, construction and other day-to-day activities hence the term “nuisance flooding.”

NOAA’s report singles out nuisance flooding as becoming more and more of a problem for coastal cities in the coming decades. With data going all the way back to the 1950s, scientists are noticing flood occurrences have risen by more than 500 percent in some cases. East coast cities, in particular, are seeing the worst of it. As PilotOnline.com reports, this could very well become a new way of life for most.

Annapolis: The New Capital of Floods

While many cities are seeing doubled, tripled, quadrupled and beyond amounts of flooding, Annapolis, Md. in particular was highlighted as having the worst and most frequent flooding as a result of changes to the climate. In 2011 alone, the report indicates that the area experienced close to 70 floods.

Concern for other cities, such as San Francisco, New York, Boston, Atlantic City and many others, is growing. Some city governments are even putting halts on current development projects until more flood-conscious plans can be developed.

If you live in the San Francisco area and have recently been the victim of Sea Cliff flooding, call Allied Restoration Company today. We provide services ranging from water removal and drying to property repair and restoration. We also offer mold-testing and remediation services. Call us today at 415-529-5637.