Extreme floods will become more frequent in NYC area: researchers warn

Extreme floods will become more frequent in NYC area: researchers warn

The New York City (NYC) area will likely suffer more devastating floods in the coming decades than those extreme floods that were unleashed by powerful storms on the scale of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, researchers warned on Monday.

Using computer models to combine rises in sea level and storm surge, researchers found that calamities like extreme floods will become more frequent as well as more destructive in the years to come.

The researchers from Princeton and Rutgers universities and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution estimated that the storms will become at least 3-4 times more frequent in the coming decades. In the worst-case scenario, the frequency will increase 17 times.

Co-author Benjamin Horton, a professor of marine & coastal sciences at Rutgers, said, "If nothing changes with hurricanes, sea-level rise alone will increase the frequency of Sandy-like events by 2100. The worst-case scenario has the frequency increasing by 17 times by the year 2100."

In 2012, Hurricane Sandy unleashed 9-foot-high floods across coastal areas of New York and New Jersey. It caused an estimated $71 billion in damages and left more than 157 people death. Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was even more destructive.

The shocking findings of the study were published in the October 10th edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.