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UD report predicts sea level rise will continue Tides expected to increase 2 to 5 feet over next 100 years By Melissa Steele The latest University of Del- aware study on sea level rise predicts tides will continue ris- ing 2 to 5 feet over the next 100 years, and communities need to continue preparing for it. “The concern is more promi- nent now than ever,” said John Callahan, a Delaware Geologi- cal Survey climate scientist and chair of the Delaware Sea level Rise Technical Committee. The 2017 study picks up from a 2009 study that pre- dicted roughly the same level of sea rise by the year 2100.  Callahan said new internation- al scientific studies on ocean warming and similar national studies helped UD prepare its latest assessment for Delaware. Community leaders and plan- ners should continue to consider sea level rise when planning de- velopments and infrastructure projects, he said. Consumers should also take note of potential sea rise. “When you're buying a home, you want to know what's going to happen in the next 30 years,” he said. Low-lying land is susceptible to flooding, and homes and roads in those areas can be significant- ly affected, he said. Flood plain maps can help property owners and community planners prepare for rising tides, he said. Callahan said the earth has moved into a warming period that will be a factor for at least the next 100 years. After that, he said, scientists will reassess sea level rise and global warming information available. He said earth is in an interglacial period between ice ages, although it is unknown when or if the planet will enter another ice age pe- riod. “We don't know how long we will continue in this warm period,” Callahan said. Callahan said the next UD sea level study may come out sooner than the eight years it took be- tween the 2009 and 2017 studies. Much will depend on available data in the future. “If things are significantly dif- ferent, we need to re-evaluate Delaware,” he said. “It’s a Wrap” Year-End Sell-Off 2015 Chevy Equinox LT Was $20,995 19,599C7558A 2017 Mercedes Benz C300 Was $40,900 $38,100 C7468A 2015 Nissan Murano Platinum Was $32,500 $31,600 C7150M 2016 Chevy Tahoe LT Was $45,995 $44,099 C7042A 2016 GMC Yukon Denali Was $56,995 $56,099 C7579A 2017 Chevy Silverado 2500 Was $65,995 $62,100 C7196A One Owner, GM Certified, 6,852 Miles! 4- Matic, Only 8,600 Miles Z-71, GM Certified, One Owner Diesel, High Country, Moonroof GM Certified, One Owner, 32,777 Miles! 2011 Ford Ranger XLT Was $18,400 $16,600 C7580A 2012 Honda CR-V EX-L Was $20,995 $17,600 C6366A Extended Cab, One Owner, 48,018 Miles One Owner, Navigation, AWD, 62,904 Miles One Owner, Loaded! 14,500 Miles! 302-645-6221 • 17861 Coastal Highway, Lewes, DE • i.g. Burton LEWES AUTOMALL BUICK GMC CHEVROLET 302-645-6221 • 17861 Coastal Highway, Lewes, DE • 302-645-6221 • 17861 Coastal Highway, Lewes, DE • *Offers available on specified stock numbers. Vehicles plus tax, tags and $499 dealer processing fee. Due to advertising and publishing deadlines vehicles may not be available after ad publish date. 2010 Chevy Equinox LTZ Was $15,995 $14,995 C7665A One Owner, Only 50,503 Miles 2014 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0 Was $22,995 $19,100 C7307A One Owner, Only 22,331 Miles! $14,995 $16,600 $17,600 $19,100 $31,600 $38,100 $44,099 $56,099 $62,100 2015 Buick Enclave Premium Was $34,995 $33,099 C7462A One Owner, GM Certified, 31,210 Miles! 2016 Chevy Tahoe LT Was $46,668 $46,168 C7619A Z-71, GM Certified, One Owner SALES • SERVICE • PARTS 302-645-8930 33516 Crossing Ave Units 3-5 Lewes, DE 19958 (behind Walgreen’s) Mon - Fri: 8:30 - 5:00 Saturday: 8:30 - 1:00 Other hours by appt. • SALES • SERVICE • PARTS Cape Gazette NEWS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 - MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017 21 UD PHOTOS THE LEWES CANAL overflows during a 2015 storm. Low-lying roads in Lewes were under water following a 2015 storm.