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To Bounce Back From Disaster, Balance Is Key

County planner speaks on protecting coastal towns against massive flooding

Boothbay and other Lincoln County towns have a significant potential of massive flooding due to a combination of climate change and other natural disasters, according to Lincoln County Planner Robert Faunce. On July 19, the Boothbay Planning Board heard about what county resources are available from the Lincoln County Regional Planning Commission  for combating natural disasters like a “100-year flood” combined with continued rising sea levels.

These factors could create a massive natural disaster along the coastline, according to Faunce. A 100-year flood is considered the storm of record and statistically occurs once in 100 years. It also has about a one percent chance of occurring in any given year, according to Faunce.

“It seems new predictions about sea levels happen every few weeks, but the one certain factor is they all show sea levels risings. We’ re all planners…

 

To Bounce Back From Disaster, Balance Is Key

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A giant crane pulls crushed cars out of the debris after an expressway was devastated during the 1995 earthquake in Kobe, Japan. Kimimasa Mayama/Reuters

When a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck the Chinese province of Sichuan in 2008, entire towns were wiped away. Some 70,000 people died, and nearly 1.5 million had to be relocated. But with the summer Olympics were right around the corner, China’s government tried to reconstruct everything in as little as three years.

Not surprisingly, quality suffered. Rural residents lost their livelihoods as the government relocated them to urban areas. Others wound up in oversimplified villages that ignored basic things like road access. And because national officials ignored local knowledge of hazards like landslide zones, high-profile…

 

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