What would happen to your home if water levels in the Great Lakes rose six feet? A new predictor from NOAA lets you see exactly what any change in water levels from either six feet above or below current levels in the Great Lakes would mean for the surrounding Midwest properties — whether they get parched or flooded.


Image: Differing lake levels pictured on the same property Marty Drabic / NOAA.

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This is a view of the Scioto River from the W. Broad St. Bridge in Downtown Columbus OH (leading into Franklinton), looking south. I took this about two weeks ago. The city decided to reclaim much of the land for a couple of high-dollar projects connected to tourism and giving something for the people visiting the Convention Center to go to.

That wall near the buildings is the flood wall, built after a couple of devastating floods in 1913 and 1937, and where the river was before the current project.

Given that river levels will probably rise in concert with the rise of the seas and lakes, I could imagine this being a bit of a strain on the various dams and levees as they currently exist. If left as they are, I suspect that projects like this one may face a problem with climate change as well.

Guess that's what happens when the money is poured into things like this and treating the areas outside Downtown as a dumping-ground for the poor.