Officials in the Florida Keys are preparing for public meetings to discuss sea level rise with residents and business owners in the low-lying island chain.
Monroe County will hold a series of meetings throughout the Keys in the next several months to discuss projections for sea level rise.
The Key West Citizen reports that the county has documented 9 inches of sea level rise in the past 100 years. Experts hired by the county project up to 7 inches of sea level rise by 2030 and up to 24 inches by 2060.
Flooding on roads is one of the county’s top concerns. The county is compiling a list of roads, bridges, buildings and other properties that could be threatened. Several buildings have been raised to higher elevations.
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