‘We can’t stop it’: Florida Keys will soon be overwhelmed as climate crisis escalates
Florida Keys face climate disaster caused by sea level rise.
Florida officials gathered in the city of Marathon on Monday and said they plan to raise the streets in the Keys to prevent flooding, although they don’t have all the resources to do so. The Guardian reported.
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With many residents of the Keys being a mix of wealthier and older whites, as well as more impoverished Hispanics, the homes of many residents of the region described the sun-drenched state will be overtaken by a water seat.
Funding to prevent these floods from happening is crucial, as The Guardian reports. Without it, the Keys will be among the first places in the United States where property is seized due to concerns over rising tides.
“The water is coming and we can’t stop it,” said Michelle Coldiron, mayor of Monroe County, where the Keys are located. “Some houses will have to be raised, others will have to be redeemed. It’s very difficult to have these conversations with the owners because that’s where they live. It can get very emotional.
University of Miami geographer Harold Wanless said there will come a day when people will no longer be able to afford to pay off their mortgages or home insurance until the whole of the Keys is under pressure. water, stating, “People have no idea what the sea level will rise will do to them. They just can’t conceive of it.
On Monday, Monroe County announced plans to spend $ 1.8 billion over the next 25 years to raise 150 miles of highway in the Keys, adding more drains, pump stations and vegetation to absorb seawater. It is currently unclear where the funding will come from, and without it, officials will be forced to make difficult choices.
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