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Rising seas expected to affect SC's lower coast

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) - Experts predict that rising seas will bring floods threatening nearly $6 billion worth of property in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Rising seas will also mean routinely flooded roads and less salt marsh.

Area media outlets report that staffers with the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium discussed the issue Monday with government officials in Beaufort County where the county is working on a plan to deal with rising seas.

A report by the group estimates that $6 billion in property will be threatened if sea level rises, as predicted, by 2 feet above the current high tide mark during the next half century.

Maps show that parts of Beaufort's historic district will be affected as will causeways leading to sea islands.

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