As the Earth's temperature rises, so do the seas. The result: More coastal flooding.
NORFOLK, VA. — One block from the beach on the narrow Willoughby Spit, Bob Parsonswas watching the weather news on TV in November 2009 when brackish water suddenly oozed up through the floors of his home and poured in from the front and back doors.
He and his wife, Carole, lugged filing cabinets and a restored wingback chair upstairs but didn't have time to move the car, parked on the street-turned-waterway, The car was totaled, and the house needed thousands of dollars' worth of repairs. Since that storm, known as Nor'Ida, two others have pummeled their 1953 home.