San Diego will face another year of intense weather again in the future, and we cannot afford, financially or morally, to make repairs after the fact.
So-called “king tides” are predictable and happen every year. But local scientists say the king tides are getting more severe and causing flooding more often. It could be a harbinger of a much larger problem: rising sea levels due to climate change.
As they hustle to mitigate potential damage from El Niño, local, state and federal officials are also locked in another race: the one to assign blame for why San Diego is so unprepared. City officials say it’s because of burdensome environmental regulations. State regulators question the city’s sudden cries for help.
While able-bodied, financially solvent residents are able to get their own homes storm-ready, what about seniors, low-income families and the disabled?
Mission Valley flooded last week, and you had plenty to chime in
on, from the shortsightedness of developers to the ways the city
should make things better.
The development boom that transformed the neighborhood also left
it vulnerable to flooding.