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This map lets you see if your hometown will flood because of rising sea levels

A new study in Environmental Research Letters unveiled a map that shows which towns will flood because of rising seal levels.

Cars on the northbound Harbor Freeway (I-110) in downtown Los Angeles plow through deep water during a torrential downpour Monday, April 6, 2020.
Cars on the northbound Harbor Freeway (Interstate 110) in downtown Los Angeles plow through deep water during a torrential downpour Monday, April 6, 2020.
John Antczak, Associated Press

There’s a new interactive map that will show you whether your hometown could be flooded by rising sea levels.

The map — which was shared by the authors of a new study published in Environmental Research Letters — allows you to enter your location and view how flooding affects that area.

Moreover, the map lets you toggle the different years. So you can compare how flooding will impact various areas in 2050, 2070 or even 2100.

  • California is the major story here. Several areas go below water level as time moves forward.
  • The same can be found in Florida, Louisiana and the North Carolina area. Otherwise, the middle of the country is not as impacted.

You can view the map at Climate Central.

More findings

The study’s researchers said the number of affordable housing units that could flood may triple by 2050, according to The Verge.

  • In total, that means 24,000 homes could flood once a year by 2050.
  • In 2000, that number was closer to 8,000 homes.