Congressman Francis Rooney on the urgent threats of rising seas and hurricane storm surge in Florida
Washington, D.C.- Today, Congressman Francis Rooney introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives about the need for planning to mitigate effects of sea-level rise and storm surge from increasingly intensifying hurricanes in Florida.
Congressman Rooney stated, “Sea-level rise and flooding, amplified by devastating hurricanes such as Hurricane Irma that ravaged our community one year ago, are an urgent concern to our many coastal communities in Florida. This requires proactive planning in our state, and by our tourism-based economy, to mitigate future costly damages to our infrastructure. Further, sea-level rise and flooding threaten our national security through military bases, of which more than half of Florida’s 21 are on the coast, negatively impacting our military’s readiness.
“In order to fire up necessary conversations about this pressing situation, I introduced a resolution to the House of Representatives expressing the necessity of proactive planning to alleviate future damages to Florida. The time is now for our communities to adapt.”