Floodwaters cut a roadway on Hatteras Island, N.C., in five places on Aug. 28, 2011, after the area took a wallop from Hurricane Irene. Flooding is expected to worsen due to a rise in sea levels that scientists blame on global warming.
Floodwaters cut a roadway on Hatteras Island, N.C., in five places on Aug. 28, 2011, after the area took a wallop from Hurricane Irene. Flooding is expected to worsen due to a rise in sea levels that scientists blame on global warming. Steve Helber AP
Floodwaters cut a roadway on Hatteras Island, N.C., in five places on Aug. 28, 2011, after the area took a wallop from Hurricane Irene. Flooding is expected to worsen due to a rise in sea levels that scientists blame on global warming. Steve Helber AP

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