T-U Report Raises Questions About St. Johns River Flooding
Our Florida Times-Union news partner reports that decades of deepening the river, combined with severe storms like Hurricane Irma, have brought the Atlantic Ocean right to the doorstep of downtown Jacksonville.
It’s raising new questions about the long-term impact of the expected dredging project for the St. Johns River shipping channel.
One point of concern: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has never studied how man-made changes to the river might make the city of Jacksonville more vulnerable to storm surge and flooding.
“Even if the Army Corps presents findings before a judge drawn with Crayola crayons, the judge usually has to side with the Army Corps. That’s the way the law is written,” said Times-Union reporter Nate Monroe on Thursday’s First Coast Connect.
The Times-Union also reports that city officials are only just beginning to grapple with the reality of a rising St. Johns River, and potential future catastrophic flooding events.
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