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As global climate change brings fiercer coastal storms and more persistent flooding to the region, Gloucester and Salem are getting fresh help from the state to bolster their defenses.
The two cities are among 10 Massachusetts coastal communities awarded a combined nearly $1 million in the first round of a new Coastal Community Resilience Grant program.
Salem was awarded $200,000 to redesign a project to alleviate chronic flooding in the Rosies Pond neighborhood. Gloucester will receive $50,000 to evaluate the areas of the city in which it is most at risk to damages from floods and storms, and to identify mitigation measures.