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Maine port city worries of rising sea levels

Rising sea levels brought on by climate change could leave sections of Portland under water by the end of the century, including the city's wharfs and piers, Commercial Street, Marginal Way and sections of the Bayside, Back Cove and Stroudwater neighborhoods, according to a new risk analysis completed for the city.

Although scientists are unsure how much sea levels will rise, communities should start planning now for possible scenarios, from a 1-foot to a 6-foot rise, said the study's author, Peter Slovinsky, a marine geologist at the Maine Geological Survey.

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