California houses in danger – level 3

08-03-2024 07:00

California’s affluent coastal communities face a threat as heavy rains trigger flash floods and coastal erosion, endangering multimillion-dollar homes perched on cliffs.

Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in eight counties, encompassing over 20 million people, as rainfall surpasses normal levels. Residents in cities like San Clemente and Dana Point nervously monitor their properties as landslides loom. The state will shoulder the financial burden of protecting properties from climate-related damage, potentially reaching 150 billion dollars by 2100. While some areas consider retreat strategies, others grapple with unplanned relocations due to unsafe conditions. Insurance challenges persist, with many insurers withdrawing from wildfire-prone regions.

This issue extends beyond California, with other states also facing dilemmas in managing climate-linked disasters. As climate impacts accelerate, experts warn of future risks, including extensive coastal erosion and inland erosion from heavy rainfall.

Difficult words: affluent (rich), encompass (to include), retreat (to go away from a place to escape danger), grapple (to fight).

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What are some of the challenges faced by California and other states in managing climate-linked disasters, and how are experts warning of future risks?


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