New report says Dare and Currituck counties among most flood-threatened in U.S.

By on August 11, 2019

Dare ranked No. 6 on the report issued by Climate Central and Zillow. (File photo)

A new report finds that the state of North Carolina—as well as Dare and Currituck counties—rank near the top of U.S. locations when it comes to building new homes in areas potentially threatened by flooding.

Produced by the research group Climate Central and the real estate company Zillow, the report, titled “Ocean at the Door: New Homes and the Rising Sea,” calculates the number of homes built in coastal communities between 2010 and 2017 that face an at-least 10 percent flood threat each year by 2050.

The results are also based on the assumption that “the world makes moderate cuts to greenhouse-gas pollution—roughly in line with the Paris agreement on climate, whose targets the international community is not on track to meet.” Under this methodology, the report concludes that nearly 18,000 recently built homes in these coastal areas will face that at-least 10 percent flooding threat, on average, by 2050.

In terms of states, North Carolina ranks No. 3, with 1,910 new homes worth a total of $840 million, located in that flood-risk zone. That trails only Florida (2,645 and $3.38 billion) and New Jersey (4,524 and $4.61 billion.)

When it comes to counties, both Dare and Currituck rank in the top 10. Dare County is listed as No. 6, with 502 homes worth a combined $216 million in the flood zone; Currituck follows at No. 8, with 375 potentially threatened homes worth $135 million.

The top two counties on the list are both in New Jersey; Ocean City (2,306 and $1.75 billion) and Cape May (1,274 and $1.94 billion.) In all, four New Jersey counties are among the top 10 in the new homes built in those risk zones.

“Across the United States, coastal communities have recently built tens of thousands of houses in areas at risk of future flooding driven by sea level rise from climate change,” the report stated. “That has put homeowners, renters, and investors in danger of steep personal and financial losses in the years ahead. And while municipalities are increasingly developing plans to cope with sea level rise, the pattern of actual recent construction may be a more robust guide to which places are taking the threat most seriously.”

Log on to “Ocean at the Door: New Homes and the Rising Sea,” to see the entire report.

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  • Bobby

    Check out the source for this article, climate central, will not say anymore.

    Sunday, Aug 11 @ 4:10 pm
  • ConservativeBeachBum

    Garbage in, garbage out. Crap computer models predicting sea level rise decades out. Same junk “science” that led Al Gore to tell us we already be under water. Man cannot control global temperatures, to believe so is the height of arrogance and ignorance.

    Sunday, Aug 11 @ 8:30 pm
  • Moved here from south of the Mason Dixon line

    We’ve been flooded twice with no property damage AND no insurance claims. Why? Our house was built on pilings just like most houses on OBX.

    Monday, Aug 12 @ 6:25 am
  • gsurf123

    It you publish a story often enough people will believe it.

    Monday, Aug 12 @ 8:34 am
  • Windy Bill

    Sticking your head in the sand is comforting till a wave smacks you in the rear.

    Tuesday, Aug 13 @ 3:10 pm
  • 102

    This has to do with greed. Most homes are built on pilings 8′ off the ground. Our house was flooded with Hurricane Irene, almost 3 feet. In the area under the house. This area is not insurable unless you get a policy from a company like LLoyds of London. If these scientists that state we have a global warming problem they may have to look back into the history of the world. Ice ages come and go. Most of the real scientists will tell you it happens in cycles, and it takes alot of years. The Green people want you to believe it’s happening now. It’s all money. Who is in the pocket of the Green folks. Let’s take a lead from AOC and Al Gore and by 2030 the coast will be under water. Instead lets try to clean up some of the mess that the rest of the world has made by supplying cheap labor in developing countries with very little regard for pollution has been a mainstay to get there people into a competitive market.

    Tuesday, Aug 13 @ 5:48 pm