Mapping Flood Risk in Coastal Delaware
To combat flooding in low-lying coastal areas of Delaware, a group of academics and government officials have developed a set of interactive flood risk maps for communities in vulnerable Sussex County. The maps show how surges in water levels can rapidly flood areas surprisingly far inland and estimate the chances of a given building flooding over the course of a 30-year mortgage.
The project is a collaboration effort between the University of Delaware, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. The creators hope the maps will help residents, property owners, and local officials better understand the risks of floods in the area.