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Abbot Kinney Corridor in Venice at Risk from Rising Sea Levels

A report from USC predicts a sea level rise due to climate change that will impact coastal areas, including the Ballona Wetlands and Venice.

The Ballona Wetlands tidal creek near Culver Boulvard during a very high tide.
The Ballona Wetlands tidal creek near Culver Boulvard during a very high tide.

Residents of Los Angeles' low-lying communities, such as San Pedro and Wilmington, as well as those with older buildings and high numbers of renters, such as Venice, would be most affected by flooding stemming from a rising sea level, according to a report released Tuesday by USC.

The Abbot Kinney corridor and Ballona wetlands would be particularly at risk. However, the region’s wide sandy beaches, if maintained, can provide a valuable bulwark against higher waters.

Current projections say a sea level rise of as much as two feet will occur in Los Angeles by 2050 due to climate change.

Other key findings from the report include:

-- The city’s wastewater management, storm water management and potable water systems are highly vulnerable to sea level rise;

-- The Port of Los Angeles and the city's energy infrastructure would be mostly unaffected by the rise in sea level due to a replacement schedule that will allow the city to prepare for future needs to change infrastructure;

-- Projected flooding and erosion damage to roads along the coast could impede emergency services;

-- Many cultural assets located along the coast, including museums, historic buildings and the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, could face damage.

- City News Service

Rick Feibusch January 08, 2014 at 10:37 AM
This is one of the problems with the reporting of news today. Post something like this and not define what the parameters of Abbot Kinney Corridor exactly are.... Not even a link???? C'mon Patch...
Paul January 08, 2014 at 10:58 AM
Will have to leave this news flash for my kid in time capsule to open in 2045. Included w widespread famine and aging nukes melt down. Same news flash from 1970 but people are more occupied w legal pot and gay marriage .
Paul January 08, 2014 at 10:59 AM
Could also add that ricks old cars have turned to rust in 2050:)
Jimmy Z Zulz January 09, 2014 at 02:04 AM
A nifty load of crap.

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