Imperial Beach is surrounded by water on three sides: the Pacific Ocean to the west, the bay to the north and the Tijuana River to the south.
That means it’s always endured storm surges and cross-border pollution, but the city is now coming to terms with another environmental reality: rising sea levels that could eventually impact 30 percent of the city’s properties, 40 percent of its roads, an elementary school and more.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts sea levels could rise up to six and a half feet by 2100, a projection that would be dire for Imperial Beach. Erosion, flooding, wetland inundation and storms would all increase in frequency and intensity.
The city’s mayor, Serge Dedina, looked at El Niño this year as practice. High tides advanced on Imperial Beach homes and businesses, flooding coastal roads. The city lost 12 feet of sand, valued at more than $3 million, Dedina said.
David Revell heads a consulting team studying Imperial Beach’s climate change issues. He works in similar coastal communities across the state and said Imperial Beach is among the most vulnerable.
“You have estuary flooding that can happen when the beach closes,” Revell said. “You can cause bay flooding with king tides. You can have ocean flooding with high tides.”
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More bogus hype from the climate-taxers~ If you believe this hooey then put your own money where your mouth is -- use IB reserved to purchase land now that's 20 blocks inland - in a few thousand years you'll be rich with your oceanfront land.
Fortunately the scientists can find no evidence of sea level rise... we have a better chance of being hit by a meteor in the next 100 years.
@William Charles Dammit William, don't give them any more ideas - pretty soon there will be a meteor tax! #followthemoney
Too bad Serge is supporting a ballot measure that will make sea level rise worse in exchange for a short-term band-aid