Is the town where you live going to be under water in the next century? If the city or region is in one of the 414 areas identified in a new Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences report, it is time to step up your doomsday flooding preps.
According to the research garnered by scientists in the new PNAS report, New Orleans and Miami have already reached the point of no return and will sink below sea level sometime during the next 100 years. The porous limestone foundation that Miami sits on will behave like “Swiss cheese” and allow the water to flow through the sea walls and take the popular Florida tourist spot under water entirely.
The National Academy of Sciences report blamed the monumental flooding predictions primarily upon climate change, lack of use of renewable energy, and the continued use of fossil fuels. If the findings of the PNAS report are accurate, the sea levels will rise between 14 to 32 feet around the planet.
The cities and greater metropolitan area targeted in the study are home to more than 20 million people. New Orleans will reportedly be the hardest hit by the increasing sea levels. Ben Strauss, the lead author of the study, said even if carbon emissions were reduced by 98 percent immediately, New Orleans would still sink into the sea.
To combat the doomsday scenario, the scientists involved with the new flooding study state that the world leaders who promised to address and curtail climate change by 2050 would have to kick their efforts into warp speed.
“Norfolk, Virginia, for example, faces a lock-in date of 2045 under a scenario of unabated carbon emissions. In our analysis, a lot of cities have futures that depend on our carbon choices, but some appear to be already lost,” Strauss said. “And it is hard to imagine how we could defend Miami in the long run.”
The largest number of towns at risk from rising sea levels exist in Florida, the study contends. Approximately 40 percent of the United States population is living in one of the areas that could wind up underwater over the course of the next 100 years, if the study’s findings are accurate.
After Florida, the most at-risk states are California, Louisiana, and New York. Strauss’s report maintains that New York City could become “unlivable” by 2085.
An excerpt from the PNAS flooding disaster report:
“Higher long-term sea levels endanger a fifth of all United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization world heritage sites. These global analyses depend on elevation data with multi-meter RMS vertical errors that consistently overestimate elevation and thus underestimate submergence risk. Here we explore the challenges posed under different scenarios by long-term SLR in the United States, where highly accurate elevation and population data permit robust exposure assessments. Our analysis combines published relationships between cumulative carbon emissions and warming, together with two possible versions of the relationship between warming and sea level, to estimate global and regional sea-level commitments from different emissions totals.”
Flooding is one of the most costly and frequent natural disasters in not only the United States, but also around the world, according to the Red Cross. Prepping for flooding by stockpiling potable water, long-term storage food, medical supplies, weapons and proper weather gear will surely help you survive a seasonal high flooding disaster. How do you prepare for the ground beneath your feet to slip under water entirely? Relocating to higher ground could be the best option. The safest places to live in the United States reportedly tend to be more in the middle of the nation and far away from both the oceans and mountains.
The findings in the PNAS report indicate that the so-called flyover states are likely the safest places to live in America. The Midwest is not only situated far above sea level, but the cost of living and real estate prices are also often far less expensive in the region. Rural land prices in many regions of Appalachia are extremely cheap, and large parcels of land — 75 to 250 acres — are frequently available.
According to a CBS News report, Denver, Colorado is one of the safest cities to live in when it comes to avoiding flooding and other natural disasters — though wildfires remain a valid concern. Chicago also appears on the list of fairly natural-disaster-free areas in America, but stringent gun laws and some of the highest violent crime rates in the country may not make the Cook County area of Illinois very attractive to preppers. Detroit, Michigan, much like the Chicago area, has been relatively free of natural disasters, but has been faced with violent crime and high unemployment.
Allenstown, Pennsylvania is located northwest of the state. Although the region does have to occasionally brace for the after effects of hurricanes after they move inland, the town has not ever reportedly sustained flooding or any significant damage.
Dayton reportedly holds the record for the “greatest natural disaster” in the history of Ohio. After the deadly Great Dayton Flood of 1913, a massive flood control district was created, the Miami Conservancy District. The conservancy district has kept the Dayton area free from threatening floods in the region now more than 1,500 times. The rural area around Dayton has long been considered prime farming and hunting land.
Akron, Ohio was also included on the safest cities in America list. The only major natural disaster to ever reportedly hit the area was a mild tornado in 1943. The neighboring Cleveland area, noted in the CBS report, has never been subjected to a major natural disaster.
Dallas County in Texas was given an A grade for its low earthquake potential, earned a “very low risk” rating for tornadoes, and also garnered a “medium risk” ranking for hurricane-related natural disasters. The Fort Worth and Tarrant County area of Texas is just west of Dallas County. The region has also enjoyed a low percentage of natural disasters over its history.
Are you concerned that rising sea levels and flooding of biblical proportions will wipe out a massive portion of the United States?