Historic Coastal Communities and Flood Hazard

Brownings Beach postcard
Brownings Beach, Matunuck ca,. 1910. How many cottages remain a century later?

Historic Coastal Communities and Flood Hazard: A Preliminary Evaluation of Impacts to Historic Properties (2015) identifies Rhode Island’s historic communities at greatest risk from coastal flooding, and it evaluates available responses to coastal flooding risks, including: the National Flood Insurance Program, FEMA and state coastal regulations, and resilient design. The study was commissioned by the City of Newport and funded by the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission through the federal Certified Local Government Grants program.