Delaware's Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee

Delaware residents gathered in Lewes to hear what will be done to mitigate the impact of sea level rise along the coastline.

The during the three hour meeting last night Delaware state officials outlined proposals to meet the accelerating coastal erosion as well as the expected storm and flooding threats as global warming takes hold.

The options range from financing buyouts and coastal defenses to drafting a better land-use plans and development policies.

Sea Level Rise In Delaware,

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A newly released study shows that sea level rise is a statewide threat in Delaware.

A vulnerability assessment by Delaware's Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee concludes that all three counties and 31 of the state's 57 cities and towns would be directly affected by a rise in sea level.

The assessment found that 8 to 11 percent of Delaware's total land area could be inundated by a sea level rise of 1.6 feet to 4.9 feet, affecting up to 17,000 residences and 48 miles of roads and bridges.