Hudson River floods more with higher sea levels

Feb 10, 2013

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Rising sea levels could threaten the towns far from the shore — those along the Hudson River.

Since Superstorm Sandy sent a storm surge up the Hudson, local officials and advocates have focused more intently on identifying vulnerable places along the Hudson River.

Flooding at Metro-North's Harmon Yard on the Hudson Line, October 30, 2012, 8:45 a.m.
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The conservation group Scenic Hudson is working with river communities and will soon debut interactive maps allowing users to see where high tide could reach from Yonkers to Troy, based on projected sea-rise levels.

The 150 miles of Hudson River between New York Harbor and Troy is an estuary in sync with the ocean's tides. If severe weather events become more common and ocean levels rise, as many scientists project, land along that tidal stretch of river will be vulnerable too.

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