Study Finds Greater Boston Area At High Risk For Future Flood Damage


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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio)— The Greater Boston Area will be at increased risk for major flood damage in the future, according to a new study.

The study from the First Street Foundation listed Suffolk County as one of the top 20 places most susceptible to increased flood damage over the next three decades.

Suffolk County ranked 14th on the list of places at most risk and was the only county from New England on the list. The study found that roads, bridges, and even facilities like fire stations, police stations, and water treatment plants were all at severe risk of flooding damage.

First Street Foundation analyzes the effects of climate change all around the country, with this report specializing on the impacts of flooding over the next 30 years. The study based its findings on data on location, the expected impact of climate change, and how this would affect critical infrastructure.

First Street Foundation found that around 25 percent of the nation's infrastructure would be inoperable due to flooding.

This study comes only months after Hurricane Ida devastated much of the south and east coast, including leaving 40 people dead in the northeast and lots of infrastructure damage in southern New England.

WBZ's Jim Mackay (@JimMackayOnAir) has the story.

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