Of course, storms do pass, and the damage might be manageable from a one-time event. But with sea levels conservatively predicted to rise by 1.1 ft by 2050, by then the highest tides of each year will over-top our levees. This is not a sustainable situation, with cascading implications for property prices, city-wide revenues, public safety and insurance coverage.
The good news is that we have engineering solutions that can protect our access roads and utilities through to 2050 and beyond.
*NAVD88 refers to the North American Vertical Datum 1988, which is the official vertical datum for surveying and mapping activities in the United States. It serves as a reference for calculating other elevations.