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Why Did Provincetown’s East End Flood On December 23rd?

February 7 @ 7:00 pm

Why did Provincetown’s East End Flood On December 23rd? Understanding Future Storms and Sea Level Rise in Provincetown

Come hear CCS scientist Mark Borrelli talk about why Ptown’s East End “shouldn’t” have flooded during a significant storm on December 23, 2022 and why it did. On that day, high winds and storm surge pushed seawater into Provincetown, particularly the east end, causing damage in places not typically associated with storm flooding. By the time the wind and sea had calmed, three buildings were deemed unsafe to occupy, dozens of decks were destroyed and emergency personnel had spent the day assisting people impacted by flooding in their homes.

The talk will start with the latest information on regional sea level rise trends and storms from the Blizzard of 1978, the January 4th storm in 2018, up to the present day including last December’s storm.

Mark will talk about how storms affect the coast, how they’re changing and what can be done by coastal communities. The Center’s staff have been studying flooding in Provincetown since 2015. A comprehensive, town-wide map of storm tide pathways was developed in 2016. At the end of this talk we will demonstrate how to use these publicly available online maps.

Free Admission. The talk will be offered in-person and virtually. There is no registration to attend the talk at our 5 Holway Ave., Provincetown offices and lab, but we do ask virtual participants to register online.


February 7
7:00 pm
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Center for Coastal Studies
5 Holway Avenue
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