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Sea levels are rising and climate scientists blame global warming. They predict that higher seas will cause more coastal flooding through this century and beyond, even in places that have normally been high and dry.

But mapping where future floods will strike has barely begun.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency maps where people are at moderate or high risk of flooding. Most people with property in hazardous areas — where the annual risk of a flood is one in a hundred or more — are required by law to buy federal flood insurance from FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program.

But FEMA’s insurance maps are based on past patterns of flooding. Future sea level rise — which is expected to create new, bigger flood zones — is not factored in.

So some communities are doing the mapping themselves. Like Annapolis, the state capital of Maryland.

Mapping Coastal Flood Risk Lags Behind Sea Level Rise

Images: Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post/Getty Images; Leanne Abraham/NPR

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Annapolis, MD Victorian House by Larry Syverson
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I saw this Second Empire Victorian home in Annapolis, Maryland. It is a little different than most Second Empire houses in that it has a gable facing the street.

USA. Maryland. Annapolis. May 17, 2016. Female Naval Academy students train with a 12-foot log on top of them during the annual Sea Trials at the Naval Academy. The academy’s freshman class endured 14 hours of rigorous physical and mental challenges during the annual training exercise that ends their freshman year.

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SEPTEMBER 11TH Today in the Revolution ...

1773

Benjamin Franklin writes “There never was a good war or bad peace.”


1777

Americans lose to British in the Battle of Brandywine (Pennsylvania), which leaves Philadelphia undefended.


1786

Delegates from five states convene in Annapolis, Maryland, to discuss interstate commerce. They call for a Constitutional Convention.



1789

Alexander Hamilton appointed first Secretary of Treasury.