Tag: Crisfield

Rising Seas 2: Former seafood capital Crisfield struggles to survive

Crisfield, the most southern Maryland town, is surrounded by water on three sides. The community rests just 3 feet above sea level — a problem if the bay rises another 2 to 5 feet. The CNS analysis found the entire city and its surrounding neighborhoods would be partially underwater at 2 feet; most would be underwater at 5. Over the past half century, Crisfield has been declared a federal disaster area at least four times because of hurricanes and tropical storms.

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Rising Seas Part 1: Sea level, sinking land put Maryland’s waterfront communities at risk

Whatever the cause, there is no question that the water level in the Chesapeake Bay is getting higher, a combination of the sea rising 3 to 4 millimeters per year and land sinking about 7 millimeters per year. In the past century, sea level rose over 1 foot. Here is what will happen this century to Maryland’s 7,700 miles of coastline. This is the first in a series about Maryland’s sea level rise put together by the Capital News Service of the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

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