As a town surrounded by water, with the bay on one side and the ocean on the other, Wellfleet is vulnerable to both sea level rise and storm surges. Of the two, storm surges are the most immediate threat with four-foot surges already occurring.
Until now, the committee has focused on “mitigation”, that is trying to reduce the amount of greenhouse gasses going into the atmosphere. However, given past history and current trends, even the most optimistic predictions must include both sea level rise and storm surges. In coordination with other town committees, we are now looking at “adaptation”, that is, planning for and dealing with the inevitable flooding due to sea level rise and storm surges.
Check out this map to see what a storm surge would mean to you.