|By Gordon Jackson, The Brunswick News, Ga.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
He said scientists have "a high level of confidence" sea levels will rise anywhere from eight inches to as much as 6.6 feet in the next century.
He put the risk in simpler terms property owners will understand. In the next 30 years, the life of a typical mortgage, sea levels in the area are expected to rise anywhere from several inches to as much as 1.6 feet.
"We're talking about water, too much water, in places you don't want it to be," he said.
Hopkinson and a team of other researchers have begun a study in
He showed a map of how the city would be impacted by a direct hit by a Category 1 hurricane during high tide. Most of the city's downtown area would be flooded by a 9-foot storm surge.
"There's going to be a lot of water with a Category 1 storm," he said.
Researchers intend to tailor a plan with recommendations linked to the
The federal flood legislation that has caused concern among property owners in coastal communities has been modified by
Spratt said the goal is to lower flood insurance rates in the city anywhere from 5 to 15 percent.
"The rating system does recognize communities that take steps above minimum standards," she said. "It's a tremendous amount of work, a lot of effort."
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