Global Warming: Miami Beach Asks Dutch for Tips on How to Live Below Sea Level

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The Dutch now have more sophisticated methods of flood control than the "finger in the dike" method.
So, as you might have heard, Miami Beach is probably going to be underwater someday -- possibly within your lifetime.

Of course, as giant portion the Netherlands knows, just because you're living below sea level that doesn't mean you have to necessarily be living underwater. So it's smart thinking that Miami Beach officials are now asking Dutch officials for flooding tips.

See also: Rolling Stone Predicts Miami Will Be Underwater by 2030

The Netherlands literally translates to low countries because about 20 percent of its land lies below sea level (and 21 percent of its population lives there). Like Miami Beach, most of that land was previously made by man. Those lands survive because the country has an elaborate system of dikes, canals, and pumping stations that date back centuries.

Of course, one need not worry about rising sea levels to know that Miami Beach already has a pretty serious flooding situation. Heavy rains can leave parts of the island more than a foot underwater.

The city is preparing to spend $200 million or more to overhaul its flood water drainage system, and city officials meet yesterday with Dutch officials for pointers.

Though, the Dutch's flood control means don't come cheap. They're currently spending $3 billion themselves to overhaul an already sophisticated system. The Miami Herald points out that pursuing similar strategies in South Florida could run up to $10 billion to cover the tri-county area. The Netherlands' experiences also doesn't involved pesky things like hurricanes and spendthrift Republicans.

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jgcamp99
jgcamp99

LOL, weenie in the dike and it's a Dutch glory hole ? They probably told them that everyone is issued a snorkel and speedo swim goggles in a package that is labeled open only in case of emergency.

internetinternet
internetinternet

Using public funds to build private seawalls around Star, Palm, Hibiscus Island, and Belle Island would be problematic.  Lots of evaporated property tax revenue on the smaller islands.  From ground level you would be looking at a concrete or steel seawall. 

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

I betcha some fuck-up will derail the proposal "...we ain't commie Europeans! We 'Muricans (they took 'er jeeeeebs!!)"

Oscar Sosa
Oscar Sosa

lol like we have the money to do any of these methods

internetinternet
internetinternet

Mayor, commissioners, and city manager will take a free two week vacation to Europe to study this issue.  Can I come?  Can you get a bond offering to pay for all this stuff? Will Wall Street help out a desperate city?  Will the $200 million drainage project get in the way of financing the billion dollar convention center?   

thtatguyusa
thtatguyusa

nothing beats losing a car to a flood insurance claim after a 30 minute downpour... #miamibeachdrainsSUCK

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

"The Netherlands' experiences also doesn't involved pesky things like hurricanes and spendthrift Republicans."

Or a limestone bedrock through which waters could potentially rise through.

Vince Witty
Vince Witty

atleast we are asking NOW and not later

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