City Lab: In Many Cities, Climate Change Will Flood Affordable Housing

Rising seas risk inundating housing markets in coastal cities that lack options for low-income residents, says a new study.

Patrick Sisson

December 1, 2020, 1:48 PM EST

Norfolk, Virginia, a city and naval base perched on the southern entrance of the Chesapeake Bay, knows the vagaries of tides and sea level rise. Increasingly severe flooding due to climate change has led the city to plan ahead for the slow-motion inundation that will reshape the coastal community. But while military facilities and million-dollar homes may be saved by remediation and resilience efforts, new research shows that the city's affordable housing stands to suffer during the coming decades of rising water.

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