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The City of Gloucester has been working with the support of the  Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management to better understand our current and future risk from flooding and coastal storms, and measures that may be taken to better prepare the community.  While the assessment of future risk from flooding specifically focused on municipal infrastructure, mapping products were prepared for the entire community and may be used for guidance purposes.  Please watch the video below to learn more about the project and to get a jump start on understanding the data presented.  If you would like to view or download the power point presentation please use the following link:

*Important to note all adaptation and mitigation strategies are presented as concepts, detailed analyses and design would be required prior to any implementation.  The final report in also now available below.


Maps are available which illustrate predicted flooding resulting from coastal flooding caused by storms (such as hurricanes and nor’easters) combined with sea level rise estimates developed by NOAA for the year stated.  These flood maps expressly do not include flooding attributed to wave run-up, overtopping of seawalls, or backups within municipal drainage infrastructure or precipitation.  Therefore, the extent and magnitude of flooding depicted on the maps strictly represents predicted coastal flooding from sea level rise and storm surge.  These maps shall not be used to represent the extent of flooding for which flood insurance is required. Projections depicted on this flood map are the best judgment of Kleinfelder and the Project Team, but in no way shall the flood levels depicted be interpreted as any guaranteed predictions of future events, and they shall only be used for general planning purposes.

2030 Flooding Scenario                     2070 Flooding Scenario

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