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Rising water levels threaten Boston’s waterfront

Business is booming from end to end of the waterfront, but the specter of surging sea levels has developers on edge

A densely packed waterfront
Buildings in construction, in red. Mouse over or tap the black squares for more information.
Battery Wharf
Boston Yacht Haven
Marriott Hotel
255 State St.
New England Aquarium
Rowes Wharf
US Courthouse
Possible flooding scenarios
5 feet at high-tide
7.5 feet at high-tide
MANHATTAN HAD AS MUCH AS 9 FEET OF FLOODING FROM SANDY
Central-Long Wharf area
Current/5 feet at high-tide
before
after
255 State St.
Harbor Garage
N.E. Aquarium

SOURCES: The Boston Harbor Association, NOAA, Bing

Chiqui Esteban/Globe Staff

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