Martin County preparing to deal with rising sea levels
Martin County, Fl (TreasureCoast.com)- While climate change brings with it more flooded streets and property damage, the county is developing a plan to prepare for rising sea levels.
After analyzing how vulnerable the county’s coastal areas were to flood risks, staff members made recommendations to county commissioners on how to improve the resilience of the county’s shores. They include retrofitting existing infrastructure, promoting rainwater harvesting and improving community discussions on the impacts of climate change on the county.
According to projections by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, from average sea levels in 2010, Martin County sea levels will rise 17 inches by 2040 and 40 inches by 2070.
The county received a $75,000 grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in 2019 to analyze current and future effects of flooding from sea level rise, storm surge, heavy rains and other sources; develop resilience plans; and implement those plans.
According to the Public Works Department, flooding is becoming worse, happening more frequently and remaining longer. Last week’s storm left several areas submerged, including commonly flooded areas Port Salerno, Sewall’s Point and near Jupiter Island.