BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Soon, Maryland may need billions of dollars to protect communities against rising sea levels.

A study by the Center for Climate Integrity estimates Maryland will need to spend more than $27 billion for sea walls around low lying areas.

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Researches estimate nearly 3,000 miles of wall will be needed in parts of the state.

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When compared to other state’s, Maryland’s cost ranks fifth.

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It estimates Florida will need to spend more than $75 billion by 2040 to protect regions from flooding.