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Savannah under water? Study says Savannah could be covered by water by end of century

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

If I left Savannah for the beach right now it would take me less than 45 minutes. As sea levels rise higher and higher, that trip could get shorter over time.

Scientists predict the water will elevate enough to cover the city of Savannah by the 22nd century. Climate Change is not an easy topic and even though we're looking at this to happen in the future, many of you already know what it feels like to have these water levels creep up on your neighborhoods and homes.

It's going to get worse.

Past video of flooding shows it is a constant problem when it rains here in Savannah. Even a simple summer storm submerges cars and drowns the streets.

Savannah is one of three cities, next to Miami and New Orleans, projected to be completely underwater by the end of the century. 100 miles - an environmental organization dedicated to protecting and preserving Georgia's Coast says for Savannah, we could start seeing a domino effect over the years from flooding.

Some making people think twice before visiting.

"We know what it's like when a road floods and we can't get through it," said Paulita Bennett-Martin, Chief of Coastal Advocacy 100 Miles. "We've seen what the King tides do on the road to Tybee but when that starts to happen on a more regular basis where it starts to disrupt work, it starts to disrupt the transport of goods, it starts to disrupt our ability to go and enjoy those places. For tourists to come to our coast and spend time here and spend money here. They'll make choices to go elsewhere if they hear about these issues occurring on the regular."

The biggest thing the environmental organization says to take away from this is - the future is now. They say not to let a distant outcome cripple all that you can do now. 

Here's the thing, It's not just your home that is at stake. The coast of Savannah is a mixture of fresh and saltwater, giving us our world renown seafood and that Shrimp you're probably eating tonight. 

Flooding is a constant problem and one that will also kill off these seafood populations. When the sea levels rise the greater amounts of salt water will kill off the seafood community, hurt our community by loss of food and hurt other communities as Savannah is the fourth largest port in the nation and one a lot of communities rely on for seafood.

100 miles, an environmental organization dedicated to protecting and preserving Georgia's Coast, says not just Savannah people will be affected. It goes beyond the people.

"Sea level rise impacts our economy and our communities. Both of those play off of each other. No community - no economy.," said Bennett-Martin.

They say not to let a distant outcome cripple all that you can do now. . If you would like to read the full study go here.

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