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Pennsylvania Coastal Flooding

A small portion of Pennsylvania's coast lies along the tidal portion of Delaware Bay; the state faces the second smallest threat from coastal flooding in the country. Pennsylvania's level of preparedness is typical among coastal states.

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For more information on how prepared Pennsylvania is for its growing coastal flooding threat, read the detailed state summary.

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Is Pennsylvania Taking Action?

  • The Pennsylvania Climate Impacts Assessment includes extensive information on modeling of future sea level rise and projected impacts on different sectors throughout the state
  • The Pennsylvania Climate Adaptation Planning Report contains a discussion of adaptation measures for infrastructure and public health sectors to address current and future risks, including sea level rise
  • The State Water Plan incorporates climate change projections for sea level rise into its policy recommendations intended to promote sustainable water services in the state

Did you know...

  • Currently, Pennsylvania has about 7,000 people at risk of a 100-year coastal flood, the second smallest population at risk among the 22 coastal states assessed
  • By 2050, Pennsylvania’s coastal flood risk is projected to almost double, putting an additional 6,000 people in the 100-year coastal floodplain
  • Pennsylvania has the smallest proportion of its total area currently in the 100-year coastal floodplain. By 2050, the area is projected double from 10 to more than 20 square miles