As flooding grows more frequent, some smaller banks are shunning 30-year mortgages.
Katherine Hepburn’s dune has taken a severe beating, but a living shoreline would protect it and the surrounding area.
After the south end of Bridgeport was walloped by Irene and Sandy, city officials decided to do something about it.
When a coastal meadow preserve was swamped during Superstorm Sandy, the land conservancy decided to let nature take over. And it worked.
Forewarned is forearmed. New viewer developed by the state has some important news about the future effects of sea level rise.
Tweed Airport in New Haven is built on salt marsh and has flooded for years, but that hasn’t stopped lawmakers from considering a bill to expand and lengthen its runways.
Shoreline resiliency against sea level rise and flooding in Connecticut is largely in the hands of local governments. But with money tight and local budgets reliant on the taxes shoreline properties generate, efforts to protect coastal communities from climate change have been slow and underfunded. Some communities, however, are making more progress than others.
Connecticut is fortunate it hasn’t been hit by a tropical-style storm since the successive storms of Irene and Sandy in 2011 and 2012 swamped the coastline, illuminating its vulnerabilities to the effects of climate change. That’s because there’s a general consensus that if either of those storms were to hit now, they would be just as damaging.
More than six years after Irene, five years after Sandy, and tens of millions of dollars later, Connecticut’s shoreline communities have been slow to embrace resiliency and now look much as they did before the storms hit. But there are exceptions.
Thousands of Connecticut homes have been repeatedly damaged by flooding due to storms. costing the government millions in insurance claims. The losses are now causing some to question the wisdom of policies that encourage rebuilding. They say that with climate change, those properties will grow more vulnerable and money would be better spent moving people out. So far, however, few homeowners are interested.
Just over a year after shoreline politicians along with a panicked real estate industry and homeowners fought successfully to roll back scheduled dramatic increases in National Flood Insurance Program rates, most of them are back in only slightly modified form. As policies renew, shoreline homeowners are likely to face a new round of sticker shock, their penalty for living in flood zones.
As Connecticut undertakes the 10-year update to its Wildlife Action Plan, it faces challenges not even imagined a decade ago — most notably, the dramatic effects of climate change.
The Northeast is already suffering pronounced effects from climate change according the National Climate Assessment. And it faces daunting challenges to keep those effects from getting worse.
Data from Connecticut’s shoreline from as far back as 1880 shows for the first time how, where, how much and how fast the shoreline has changed — mostly receding — in the last 130 years.