Ron Meador Last year was a record-breaker for flooding in cities along the U.S. coasts, according to a new federal assessment — and the horrific trio of hurricanes Harvey, Maria and Irma wasn’t really the problem.The analysis, issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration last week, looked closely at flooding in nearly 100 locations around the country, as measured by tide gauges that have been in place for a century or so.And there was plenty of flooding outside the hurricane zones, much of it chronic and attributable to rising sea levels. Some was driven by lesser storms, like the nor’easters of last February and March. But in nearly half the cases, weather was considered a minor contributor or no factor at...
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Flooding surges in U.S. coastal cities, thanks to relentlessly rising sea levels