'Nuisance flooding' an increasing problem as coastal sea levels rise

July 28, 2014 5:09 PM

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'Nuisance flooding' an increasing problem as coastal sea levels rise

Eight of the top 10 U.S. cities that have seen an increase in so-called "nuisance flooding"—which causes such public inconveniences as frequent road closures, overwhelmed storm drains and compromised infrastructure—are on the East Coast, according to a new NOAA technical report.

This nuisance flooding, caused by rising sea levels, has increased on all three U.S. coasts, between 300 and 925 percent since the 1960s.

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