Prepare for 10 Feet of Sea Level Rise, California Commission Tells Coastal Cities

Prepare for 10 Feet of Sea Level Rise, California Commission Tells Coastal Cities

Houses hang over a cliff in Pacifica, California that was eroded by storms and powerful waves connected to a strong El Niño in 2016. Credit: Josh Edelson Getty Images

California coastal cities should be prepared for the possibility that oceans will rise more than 10 feet by 2100 and submerge parts of beach towns, the state Coastal Commission warns in new draft guidance.

The powerful agency, which oversees most development along 1,100 miles of coast, will consider approving the guidance this fall.

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