"Americans Move To Climate-Risky Areas As Real Estate Booms"

"How growing battles over real estate development and flood risk are playing out in one community on the U.S. East Coast".

"WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Robert Parr drove his white pickup truck near a set of new buildings near the beachfront in New Hanover County, North Carolina – an area he says is prone to flooding.

"That's crazy. That never should have gone in here," he told Context, referring to new development blocks away from the U.S. East Coast.

"Whenever I get on the phone with the county, usually within 30 days we have significant flooding," said the former oceanographer, after opening a presentation and flicking through slides of flooded roads and areas around the region.

The burgeoning county has faced a barrage of recent storms and is at major risk of flooding again over the next 30 years, according to First Street Foundation, a climate risk tracking group."

David Sherfinski reports for Context (Thomson Reuters Foundation) March 14, 2024.

Source: Thomson Reuters Fdn., 03/15/2024