Imperial Beach, surrounded by water on three sides, is facing tough decisions in the face of rising sea levels that threaten 30 percent of its private property and 40 percent of its roads.
Imperial Beach is surrounded by water on three sides.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts sea levels could rise by up to six and a half feet by 2100, causing drastic increases in erosion, flooding and storms for communities like I.B.
Such a rise in sea levels could eventually impact 30 percent of the city’s property, 40 percent of its roads, an elementary school, the sewer system and more.
It all amounts to a major challenge for the city and its residents who want to protect tourism, recreation and the environment from coastal erosion.
In this week’s San Diego Explained, NBC 7 San Diego’s Monica Dean and Voice of San Diego’s Maya Srikrishnan explain how the coastal city is bracing for sea levels rise.