Managing Flooding in Nantucket Public
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Nantucket is particularly susceptible to flooding and is increasingly concerned about the exacerbating effects of climate change as sea levels rise and storms become more frequent and intense. Unfortunately, little of the local data on flooding has been systematically analyzed. To address this problem, we built a database comprising 703 flooding events and 856 storm and non-storm flood instances. We found that 88% of the events were minor, nuisance flood events from high tide flooding and winter storms account for the major of major flood events. We identified the causes and effects of flooding at three location (Polpis Road near Sesachacha Pond, Polpis Road near Fulling Mill Creek, and Children’s Beach) and recommended several potential mitigation strategies.
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