The good news is: By 2050, Westport will have plenty of new waterfront property.
The bad news: Current waterfront property will be worthless. It will sit underwater.
Want to check out if you’re a winner or loser? Head to Climate Central. They’ve spent 2 years developing interactive maps for coastal states. You can see — if you dare — estimates of areas vulnerable to flooding from combined sea level rise, storm surge and tides, or to permanent submergence by long-term sea level rise.
The site also offers reams of statistics. But the maps are the money shots.
The above map is based on a 2-degree Celsius average rise in temperature.
Virtually everything south of 95 is gone. So is all of downtown, as the Saugatuck River surges over its banks.
Alert “06880” reader Glenn Payne — who we can thank (or blame) for sending the link along — notes:
While the attached is somewhat alarmist (it shows all land within 20 feet of high tide underwater), and the timing is likely beyond most readers, it does paint a very different picture of Westport sometime in the future. While some may be relieved that their house has not been submerged, their commute will be challenged, as I-95 will be.
He poses some interesting questions:
- What is Westport without a beach and downtown?
- Who pays the bills if the biggest taxpayers (Nyala Farms, Beachside homes) are not there?
- And who lives in the rest of Westport if much of Manhattan (and the financial district) is gone?
So don’t sweat the details of the new downtown plan. Who cares if there’s a new traffic pattern at the beach. Neither will be around forever.
But until then, be careful where you park. “06880” will move to higher ground. We’ll still be watching.