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Is The New Chase Stadium Safe From Climate Change Flooding?

Matt Bigler
August 04, 2019 - 5:00 am

A report from Zillow found that $50 billion in Bay Area real estate could be at risk from flooding due to rising sea levels if nothing is done to curb climate change. By the year 2100, much of Mission Bay could be under water, including the new Chase Center. 

Officials with the Warriors say they've taken rising sea levels into account. 

"The Warriors building is built for 100 years' sea rise plan, which is greater than most buildings in the bay area," said Warriors spokesperson P.J. Johnston.

Last year, San Francisco voters also passed a bond measure to provide seawall protection for the eastern side of the city. 

"It's a good thing people are thinking about it and talking about it," Johnson said. "More importantly, new construction and new areas of the Bay Area like Mission Bay are preparing for it by meeting the highest possible standards."

Homeowners whose properties are in a future flood zone could be at risk of future flooding, as well.

"You can insure your home. That is one set of actions that you can do to make sure that if there is damage, you are protected financially," said Cheryl Young, a Zillow economist. 

More importantly, Young says, the flood risk could be greatly reduced if more is done to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.