Curbelo Commends Monroe County Leaders for Incorporating Sea Level Rise into Future Infrastructure Plans
Yesterday, Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) commended Monroe County leaders on the House floor and highlighted their recent action that sets a new standard for determining elevation of future county road improvement projects to account for future sea level rise.
A transcript of Curbelo’s remarks is below. A video of the full remarks is available here, and a broadcast quality video to download is available here.
U.S. Representative Carlos Curbelo
U.S. House Floor
March 1, 2017
Representative Carlos Curbelo: “Mr. Speaker, I come to the floor today to congratulate and express my gratitude to Monroe County leaders who recently took steps to address the impact sea-level rise is having on roads and infrastructure in my district.
“Earlier this year, the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners took action that sets new standards for determining elevation of future county road improvement projects to account for future sea level rise. This is a problem my district is already facing. The 2015 King Tides led to flooding that lasted more than three weeks in several neighborhoods, causing damage to homes and businesses, and leaving my constituents unable to move freely to-and-from their homes.
“Mr. Speaker, few cities or counties around the United States are as advanced in sea-level rise planning and implementation as Monroe County. I'm grateful for their leadership and am committed to continuing to support their efforts any way I can here in Washington — from advocating for transportation infrastructure research grants that will help ensure we have the best engineering at our disposal, to working with my fellow members of the Climate Solutions Caucus to discuss and build consensus for proposals that will mitigate the effects of rising sea levels. It is critical we continue to work toward an infrastructure package that will give our communities the funds they need to bring our roadways like those in Monroe County into the 21st century.”