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Mar 18, 2016 2:04 PM

Report recommends more planning against coastal hazards

The Associated Press

SEABROOK — A new report says coastal communities' exposure to future flood risks is significant, and now's the time to plan to minimize that.

The New Hampshire Coastal Risk and Hazards Commission spent 2 ½ years looking at areas vulnerable to extreme precipitation, projected storm surge and rising sea levels. Recommendations in its report Friday focus on refining science-based understanding of coastal flood risks; completing detailed assessments of vulnerabilities; and implementing actions that protect and adapt structures, the economy, natural resources, and heritage.

The report says recommendations are primarily directed to the state Legislature, state agencies, and municipalities, but successful implementation of the recommendations will require collaboration between the public and private sectors and among many stakeholder groups.

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