- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) - Officials in St. Augustine want the University of Florida to help the city prepare for the effects of rising sea levels.

The country’s oldest city is proposing $15,000 in its new budget to fund a study by the university.

St. Augustine’s historic downtown and centuries-old Spanish fortress sit just feet from the water’s edge. Roads already flood often during storms, a problem expected to worsen.

Public Works Director Martha Graham says the study will identify risks and help guide the next steps in preparation.

Researchers will highlight the most vulnerable areas and city services that may need to be moved.

The St. Augustine Record (https://bit.ly/1N7XySy ) reports the study will also assist city leaders in planning for the expense of infrastructure upgrades, like a new pumping system.


Information from: The St. Augustine (Fla.) Record, https://www.staugustine.com

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