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Vulnerability Assessment

Payne Road, Scarborough, ME, January 10, 2024.



The Town’s Vulnerability Assessment, which was included as part of Scarborough’s Fiscal Year 2024 budget (approved in June 2023), is a crucial step in developing a comprehensive understanding of Town vulnerabilities and adaptation strategies to improve resiliency in the face of predicted environmental stressors, such as flood hazards and sea-level rise. 

Scarborough, like other coastal communities, is feeling the impacts of sea level rise, storm surge, and increased precipitation. Recent storms were devastating to residents, properties, and infrastructure, and point to the need to address the Town’s most at-risk areas and infrastructure. 

Community Engagement

A public meeting is scheduled to introduce project, provide an overview of the process, and explain how to provide input. Smaller, neighborhood-scale meetings will also be held in the Higgins Beach and Pine Point neighborhoods.

Public Meeting Pine Point Neighborhood Meeting Higgins Beach Neighborhood Meeting
Monday, August 12, 2024 | 6– 8:00 pm
Scarborough Town Council Chambers & Zoom

Project Timeline

Spring 2024
  • Project kickoff
  • Data collection and analysis
Summer 2024
  • Public meeting 
  • Data collection and analysis
Fall 2024
  • Neighborhood meetings
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Adaptation strategies
  • Launch Story Map
Winter 2025
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Adaptation strategies
Spring/Summer 2025
  • Adaptation strategies
  • Presentation of results (Town Council Workshop)
  • Project complete

Focus Areas & Goals

Existing and Future Vulnerabilities

The Vulnerability Assessment will analyze existing data, such as predicted sea level rise, storm surge, precipitation trends, infrastructure locations, and development patterns, to help identify vulnerabilities.  New elevation data will also be collected for some utilities and shoreline areas. Integrating existing and new data will help describe shoreline and infrastructure affected coastal flood hazards, characterize sea-level rise vulnerability, and develop a standard starting point for flood protection. 

Reducing Vulnerability and Improving Resiliency

Town ordinances will be reviewed to identify areas where updates could reduce vulnerability and improve resiliency. 

Comprehensive and Interactive Vulnerability Information

The Vulnerability Assessment will be translated into an interactive Story Map that outlines vulnerability information. The story map will provide information on methodology used, identified vulnerabilities, recommended adaptation strategies, and recommended ordinance updates. The story map will also include data used or generated through the assessment and a work plan of next steps for the Town.

The Story Map will also serve as a public resource and living tool for Town vulnerability and resilience information. It will be updated as new information becomes available and as adaptation strategies are implemented. 

For more information, please contact Jami Fitch, Sustainability Manager, at