Climate change in the United States have caused rising seas to invade South Florida’s tranquil coasts. Researchers have found the number of people affected by this catastrophe in recent years to be three times higher than previous years. A lot of communities are currently suffering from flooding and seeking an experienced Miami insurance claims lawyer to help them deal with their insurance companies. Oftentimes, insurance companies don’t provide renters and property owners with as much compensation as expected.
Many people in Miami live less than 4 feet above sea level, which means that we are one of the most vulnerable population to sea-level rising in the world. The US Army Corps of Engineers projects that the sea level in Miami is expected to rise 15 inches above current levels by 2045. This can greatly impact coastal communities as they are expected to face as much as 380 high-tide flood events each year. New low-lying locations are also expected to flood. Unfortunately, many of these communities are low-income with little to no resources to survive such devastating events.
The increasing amount of storms hitting South Florida is also impacting Miami Dade County’s rising sea levels. As the sea levels rise, the impact of storm surge can be more disastrous with some locations facing frequent inundations. These damages can threaten as much as $4.6 billion in taxable real estate. Some of the most common consequences we will face include urban flooding, saltwater intrusion, the contamination of drinking water, and also possible power outages.
Although in recent years America has played an important role in efforts to slow global warming, these efforts have somehow been jeopardized by our nation’s recent dealings on the subject. An executive order was recently signed at the Environmental Protection Agency where the United States’ approach to climate change and the rapidly rising of sea levels has dramatically changed. The economy and job creation are our priority now. Although this decision will help create many jobs in the liberated oil and gas industries, it may also put at risk the health and safety of individuals, especially those living in coastal regions, as programs that protect our water and air are no longer available.
We need to be prepared for the impact sea level rise in Miami will cause in the coming years. Hiring an attorney for an insurance claim may be the best decision you ever made. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and disoriented when circumstances like this invade our lives. Sometimes a flood damage claim is denied because the policyholder perhaps did not follow the rules and terms of the policy, did not meet deadlines, or did not enter accurate information. Whichever the case may be, Korin Law, P.A. is here to assist you. If you have suffered a major loss from a flooding calamity, Jonathan Korin can help you understand what your rights are and how to properly file a claim with your insurance company.