White House: Climate Change May Flood US Airports

Twelve of the country’s 47 largest airports are vulnerable to storm surges that are expected to increase from climate change, according to a White House report released earlier this week.

The U.S. National Climate Assessment released Tuesday warned that coastal airports with at least one runway 12 feet or less above sea level could suffer flooding during moderate to high storm surges.

The report noted that metro New York’s big three airports — John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark — already flooded in October 2012 during the 14-foot tidal surge from Hurricane Sandy. LaGuardia closed for three days.

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