Environmental group opposing plan to lift 341 structures

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An environmental group says a federal plan to elevate more than 300 structures in Rhode Island to reduce potential damage from storm surges is based on a flawed study that underestimates the problem.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan would lift homes and some businesses around barrier beaches and salt ponds in Westerly, Charlestown, South Kingstown and Narragansett.

Save the Bay says the agency created the plan using historic rates, which project seas will rise 4.4 inches over 50 years.

The Providence-based environmental group says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimates that rate will accelerate and seas could rise 3 feet.

Army Corps officials tell The Westerly Sun they were told to use historic rates.

Save the Bay says the agency should consider acquiring and relocating homes.

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