New York flood risk: Map shows areas that could be regularly underwater by 2030

Coastal metropolis is already plagued by flooding

Samuel Webb
Wednesday 11 August 2021 15:49 BST
Heavy rain floods New York subway station as Storm Elsa nears

A map shows the areas of New York City that face regular flooding by 2030 as extreme weather becomes more common because of the climate crisis.

The startling image, created using a new NASA tool to visualise sea level rise in the coming decades, shows vast swathes of the city of 8.4 million, as well as neighbouring New Jersey, vulnerable to rising sea levels.

New York and the surrounding regions are at risk of climate-led flooding

Last month Tropical Storm Elsa caused widespread flooding in New York and the surrounding area.

Videos posted to social media showed the impact of the downpours on apartment buildings, roadways, and the New York subway system. At the 157th Street station in Washington Heights in upper Manhattan, one woman could be seen plunging into the dark water to make her way to the train.

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