HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » Sea level rise is eroding...

Sun Jan 6, 2019, 03:59 AM

Sea level rise is eroding home value, and owners might not even know it

5 Jan, 2019 5:00am
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=12185646

Elizabeth Boineau's 1939 Colonial sits a block and a half from the Ashley River in South Carolina in a sought-after neighbourhood of ancient live oaks, charming gardens and historic homes.

A year ago, she thought she could sell it for nearly $1.5 million. But after dropping the price 11 times, Boineau has decided to tear it down. In March, the city's Board of Architectural Review approved the demolition - a decision not taken lightly in Charleston's historic district. "Each time that I was just finishing up paying off the bills, another flood would hit," Boineau said.

Boineau is one of many homeowners on the front lines of society's confrontation with climate change, living in houses where rising sea levels have worsened flooding not just in extreme events like hurricanes, but also heavy rains and even high tides.


Now, three studies have found evidence that the threat of higher seas is also undermining coastal property values, as home buyers - particularly investors - begin the retreat to higher ground. On a broad scale, the effect is subtle, the studies show. The sea has risen about eight inches since 1900, and the pace is accelerating, with three inches accumulating since 1993, according to a comprehensive federal climate report released last year.

Scientists predict the oceans will rise another three to seven inches by 2030, and as much as 4.3 feet by 2100. Meanwhile, mapping has become increasingly precise, providing near-exact elevations that let researchers predict when individual properties could be underwater.

snip

3 replies, 483 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 3 replies Author Time Post
Reply Sea level rise is eroding home value, and owners might not even know it (Original post)
SoCalDem Jan 6 OP
wishstar Jan 6 #1
Hermit-The-Prog Jan 6 #2
DFW Jan 6 #3

Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2019, 05:01 AM

1. In 2017 FEMA granted almost $8 million to Charleston to demolish 35 flooded townhomes in W. Ashley

The 2018 Irma flooding was even worse than the 2017 Matthew flooding and just a couple of weeks ago there was extensive flooding from heavy rain there. Both federal and state taxpayers are increasingly paying for flood damage and homeowners insurance for everyone living in states affected by flooding will skyrocket. The linked article focused on affect of coastal flooding on residential property values, but the situation affects everyone.



Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2019, 05:26 AM

2. this is a preview

There will be more stories like this. Change is accelerating, as we've been warned for decades.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2019, 08:12 AM

3. I just spent a week in Charleston

Such a beautiful historic town, such a tragedy. And now it is too late to save parts of it.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread