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Sea Level Rise Could Cost Delaware $9 Billion, Study Finds

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Don MCCullough
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A new study finds that climate change could cost Delaware an estimated $9 Billion in the next 20 years to build the seawalls need to keep flood waters and tides from overwhelming its coastal areas.

Richard Wiles, executive director at the Center for Climate Integrity, said that many of those communities will not be able to provide such finding and could find themselves retreating as the waters move in.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the study found Sussex County could face the highest cost at $4 billion.

Kent County could see a $2.8 billion price tag while New Castle County may be looking at $2.7 billion.

Coastal towns like Lewes, Fenwick Island and Rehoboth Beach could wind up spending nearly $600 million.

The News Journal reports that the study found that as the ocean water warms and the Arctic ice melts there could be as much as a 2 foot rise in the sea level.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.