Are flash floods more common now because of climate change?



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    Dams and reservoirs that hold water supply are carefully monitored, and water levels fluctuate depending on whether it is the rainy season or not. Climate change is affecting rain and snowfall patterns around the world. Because weather is becoming increasingly unpredictable, it is more difficult to know what water level to maintain in dams and reservoirs.

    So yes, flash floods are more common now because of climate change. More often now, water supply reservoirs are unexpectedly hit with storms when they have not been adequately emptied to allow for water filling.

    Additionally, melting ice caps plus water expansion due to increasing temperature causes sea level to rise. More dramatic tides are a result of higher sea level. “Rising sea levels also make coastal areas more vulnerable to storm surges and, in turn, flooding” (source: National Public Radio,

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