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Experts Warn: Bradenton to Face Grave Storm Damages

Toni Koraza

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Some 284,828 single-family homes are at risk of storm surges in Bradenton Metropolitan are.

Bradenton is the 7th most climate-endangered city in the United States, right after Fort Myers, Tampa, and Miami.

These figures spell a looming disaster.

"A storm surge is a rise in sea level that occurs during tropical cyclones, intense storms also known as typhoons or hurricanes. The storms produce strong winds that push the water into shore, which can lead to flooding. This makes storm surges very dangerous for coastal regions. ... They form over warm, tropical oceans," per National Geographic.

An extremely ethnically-diverse city with a climate problem

Bradenton is a fairy-tale city in Central Florida. It's seemingly perfect for all seasons of life, from weekend escapes to retirement. The city is also one of the most ethnically diverse places in the United States.

Bradenton is the principal city of the North Port–Sarasota–Bradenton area. Some 821,573 residents live in this metropolitan area, according to the 2018 Census. From that population, 59,439 residents live in Bradenton's urban area.

Observing just two key findings elicits cause for concern:

  • Bradenton area's total population: 821,573
  • Homes at risk of storm surges: 284,828

In Bradenton, 4,909 people live per square mile on average. These numbers vary from neighborhood to neighborhood. Let's assume that a 4-person family shares a single-family home on average.

That means that most Bradenton residents face grave financial and safety risks from storm surges.

The cost to rebuild 285k homes is around $57.46 billion. Hurricane winds add the complexity of an additional $79.19 billion in damages. The total estimate? $136.65 billion.

Many families don't have insurance or the means to restore their property to the previous condition.

Are you worried that your family home is facing a grave climate risk?

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