BY: Citizens Count
On Saturday and Sunday October 24th and 25th, elected officials from 18 coastal states joined representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the U.S. Navy, Army Corps of Engineers to discuss the problem of coastal flooding, which rising sea levels have made an increasing hazard for seacoast communities.
The conference, billed as the first national event to exclusively address these issues, was hosted by Sen. Nancy Stiles (R-Hampton) and Portsmouth Mayor Robert Lister. Attendees discussed the rise in coastal flooding incidents and their impact on both public safety and the economy, calling upon presidential candidates to address the issue.
“We need to do a better job managing the risks from coastal flooding and storm surge,” Stiles said.
Lister concurred. “No matter where you stand on the issue, it’s clear that costs of coastal flooding are increasing and our communities are going to need help.”