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Government climate report: Current Mobile Bayway would be 'destroyed' by another Katrina

FILE / The eastbound US 90 to I-10 interchange over Mobile Bay suffered damage from Hurricane Katrina's storm surge in 2005, even though it was located about 80 miles east from the center of the storm, this US government photo shows. According to a new climate change report by the Trump administration, the current Bayway would be destroyed if a similar storm made landfall near Mobile Bay. (photo: http://mceer.buffalo.edu)

A massive new federal report released by the Trump administration -- which is over 2,000 pages long and was contributed to by more than 13 federal agencies -- the day after Thanksgiving, warns that extreme weather disasters are worsening in the United States, and the current I-10 bridge over Mobile Bay would be "destroyed" if another powerful storm like Hurricane Katrina makes landfall near Mobile Bay.

The “I-10 Bridge would be destroyed by a storm similar in strength to Hurricane Katrina (2005) but riding on a sea level which is 0.75 meters higher than today and making landfall closer to Mobile Bay," the report said.

The federal research estimates that if the Bayway had to be closed for repairs, taxpayers would take a huge hit.

"State and local governments would also experience loss in potential tax revenue, an estimate of $7,150 and $23,310 per day of bridge disruption," the report said.

The problems don't end there for the Mobile Bay area if climate change continues to be left unchecked; according to the Trump administration report, heavier rainfalls and warmer temperatures will continue killing the oysters in Mobile Bay, by lowering the oxygen levels in the water and suffocating them during the growing season.

Additionally the report says, warmer temperatures and more rain also equals more mosquitoes, by giving them a better chance to breed. A longer mosquito season means that their ability to carry diseases like Zika and Dengue Fever, which can be transmitted to humans, increases as well.

Furthermore, the chapter on the Southeast US explains that more rain means more sewage overflows and flooded roads to look forward to if real steps are not taken to understand climate change.

"The growing number of extreme rainfall events is stressing the deteriorating infrastructure in the Southeast. Many transportation and storm water systems have not been designed to withstand these events," the report said.

Read the report yourself at https://nca2018.globalchange.gov/





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