NYC and rising seas
I thought this article from the NY Times about the cities' plans for adapting to climate change were interesting.
snip "Klaus H. Jacob, a research scientist at Columbia University's Earth Institute, said the storm surge from Irene came, on average, just one foot short of paralyzing transportation into and out of Manhattan.
If the surge had been just that much higher, subway tunnels would have flooded, segments of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive and roads along the Hudson River would have turned into rivers, and sections of the commuter rail system would have been impassable or bereft of power, he said.
The most vulnerable systems, like the subway tunnels under the Harlem and East Rivers, would have been unusable for nearly a month, or longer, at an economic loss of about $55 billion, said Mr. Jacob, an adviser to the city on climate change and an author of the 2011 state study that laid out the flooding prospects.
"We've been extremely lucky," he said. "I'm disappointed that the political process hasn't recognized that we're playing Russian roulette."
With more rain and higher seas, some envision more turmoil - like mile after mile of apartment buildings without working elevators, lights or potable water.
Its not just coastal cities, its any city along a river, what with these mega-rain storms, and that takes into account a whole lot of cities.
Thankfully (snort) out here we just have to worry about drought, and the Animas River is now tied for the 4th lowest flow in 100 years.
Point being that we are going to need to address major issues of infrastructure in the very near future.
Here is a link that might be useful: link