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The 1-2-3's Of Sea Level Rise In Boston

A police car navigates through floodwaters on Central St. to reach Atlantic Ave.  (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
A police car navigates through floodwaters on Central St. to reach Atlantic Ave. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

From rising seas to flooding during big rainstorms, Boston faces a lot of climate change threats. These problems are vast and sometimes complicated, but they're important to understand because they'll have a profound effect on all residents and much of the regional economy.

We cover a lot of this information in our series "Boston Under Water," but to help you wrap your head around the issues, we're breaking things down by the numbers.

(Whether or not these facts blow your mind like they did ours, they'll help you impress friends at your next dinner party!)

A man walks through water flooding over Long Wharf in Boston. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
A man walks through water flooding over Long Wharf in Boston. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
A pickup truck heads through flood water that has crashed over the seawall in Revere during a Nor’easter. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
A pickup truck heads through flood water that has crashed over the seawall in Revere during a Nor’easter. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
An inbound MBTA Blue Line train on its way to Wood Island Station in East Boston. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
An inbound MBTA Blue Line train on its way to Wood Island Station in East Boston. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Water runs off through the storm drains and feeds into Davenport Creek to Boston Harbor from Dorchester. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Water runs off through the storm drains and feeds into Davenport Creek to Boston Harbor from Dorchester. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

*Technically it's 5.15 inches, but we like nice, round numbers.


Sea water floods past the telescopes at the end of Long Wharf. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
Sea water floods past the telescopes at the end of Long Wharf. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)


Ducks wading in a puddle at the foot of the statue of John Singleton in Copley Sq. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Ducks wading in a puddle at the foot of the statue of John Singleton in Copley Sq. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
The fence around a "Building A Better Boston" project gets its feet wet as high tide during the snow storm floods across Long Wharf. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
The fence around a "Building A Better Boston" project gets its feet wet as high tide during the snow storm floods across Long Wharf. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
A plaque installed into the sidewalk on Hallet Street warns anything that goes into the drain goes to Boston Harbor. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
A plaque installed into the sidewalk on Hallet Street warns anything that goes into the drain goes to Boston Harbor. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Buildings near Rowes Wharf are seen from the Seaport District in Boston. (Hadley Green for WBUR)
Buildings near Rowes Wharf are seen from the Seaport District in Boston. (Hadley Green for WBUR)

An MWRA wet weather sewage discharge outfall warning on the Charles River by the outlet of Boston's Muddy River. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
An MWRA wet weather sewage discharge outfall warning on the Charles River by the outlet of Boston's Muddy River. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

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