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As coastal flooding worsens, some cities are retreating from the water

By A.R. Siders, Assistant Professor, Disaster Research Center, University of Delaware
Katharine Mach, Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, University of Miami
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When the tide gets exceptionally high in Charleston, South Carolina, coastal streets start to run with seawater. Some yards become ponds, and residents pull on rain boots.

The city also gets a lot of rain. After homes in one low-lying neighborhood flooded three times in four years, the city offered to buy out 32…


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