Annapolis, Maryland – Coastal flooding has become a growing concern for many residents in Annapolis, Maryland. The city has seen an increase in flooding in recent years, with water levels rising to a point where it has started to impact daily life. The latest incident occurred on June 5, 2023, when coastal flooding brought water onto Annapolis streets.
The flooding was caused by a combination of factors, including high tides and heavy rainfall. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), sea levels have been rising at an average rate of 0.13 inches per year since 1880, and the rate of sea-level rise has been accelerating in recent years. This has led to an increase in the frequency and severity of coastal flooding.
Residents of Annapolis have reported that the flooding has caused damage to homes and businesses and has made it difficult to travel around the city. Many streets have been closed due to the flooding, and some residents have had to evacuate their homes.
The city has been taking steps to address the issue of coastal flooding. In 2021, the Annapolis City Council passed a resolution declaring a climate emergency and committing to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The city has also been working on a plan to adapt to the impacts of climate change, including sea-level rise and coastal flooding.
According to the city’s plan, Annapolis will focus on a combination of mitigation and adaptation measures. Mitigation measures will aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow the rate of climate change. Adaptation measures will focus on preparing for and responding to the impacts of climate change, including sea-level rise and coastal flooding.
One adaptation measure that the city has implemented is the installation of flood barriers in low-lying areas. The borders are designed to prevent water from entering buildings and damaging property. The city has also been improving its stormwater management system to reduce the runoff that enters the Chesapeake Bay during heavy rainfall events.
Despite these efforts, some residents are concerned that the city is not doing enough to address the issue of coastal flooding. They argue that the city needs to take more aggressive action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow the rate of climate change.
“We need to take bold action now to address the root cause of this problem,” said John Smith, a resident of Annapolis. “We can’t just keep putting band-aids on the problem.