WILL YOU BE READY FOR THE NEXT COASTAL FLOOD?
Florida Company Documents “Where, When, and How Deep” a Property Will Be Flooded
Dr. Keren Bolter of Coastal Risk Consulting says individuals must understand their personal risk in order to safeguard their properties in the face of rising water levels
November 2, 2015, (Plantation, Florida) -- Whether called “Nuisance Flooding” or “Sunny-Day Flooding”, chronic tidal flooding in U.S. coastal areas is more than a mere nuisance. Tidal surges threaten the health and safety of residents and communities and their quality of life.
Extremely high tides left more than a foot of standing water in Key Largo, Florida for over two weeks last month. Saltwater damage to cars, floating refuse, noxious odors, and increased mosquito populations were the unpleasant result.
The Keys aren’t alone. Many of the five million residents in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Monroe Counties (Southeast Florida’s ‘Four-County Compact’) as well as those in Charleston, Norfolk, and other coastal cities routinely experience “non-storm” flooding from high tides and rising seas. According to NOAA, "nuisance floods" that cause road closures, overwhelm storm drains, and damage infrastructure along U.S. coasts have increased up to 925% since the 1960s. The rising water continues: the National Climate Assessment projects that sea levels will rise as much as 4-6 feet by 2100.
What can homeowners, businesses, and local authorities do? CRC, the South Florida-based geospatial data and analysis company, believes the answer is to first know the facts. Dr. Keren Bolter, CRC’s Science Director, says “Better knowledge leads to better decision-making.” While local governments certainly have a role, she says “Individuals ultimately are responsible for understanding their personal level of risk so they can take steps to make their properties resilient in the face of inevitable and inexorable rising water levels.”
Dr. Bolter and her team at CRC produce customized analyses of the flooding risk for an individual property – including the number of flood days, frequency, and level of flooding – over a 30-year period. “Individuals and businesses need to know exactly where, when and how deep their property will flood. Armed with that data, they can make informed decisions about mitigating their personal and economic risks,” Dr. Bolter says.
At a November 9 webinar, Dr. Bolter will discuss the important role that CRC's new technologies play in helping homeowners, businesses and governments make sound adaptation and resilience decisions. Joined by Peter Williams, Chief Technology Officer of IBM’s "Big Green Innovations" group and Heidi Stiller of NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management, Dr. Bolter will discuss her company’s practical, real-time “actionable intelligence” that helps coastal residents and businesses adapt to flood risk and minimize damage.
The Security and Sustainability webinar will stream live on November 9, from 1:15 to 2:45 PM (ET). To attend, please register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4914878918429797377.