Flooding Due to Storm (IMAGE) University of Copenhagen Caption The likelihood of flooding due to storm surges increases greatly if the ocean rises one meter. Such a rise in sea level will not flood large areas of land, but what is regarded as exceptionally high water level will occur at least 1,000 times more often in vulnerable areas. Credit Northland Regional Council, New Zealand Usage Restrictions Photo Credit: Northland Regional Council, New Zealand License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.