WASHINGTON — The Corps is still recovering from nearly $3.6 billion in estimated damages inflicted on East Coast Marine bases from September’s Hurricane Florence.

But with this year’s hurricane season looming, Marines are preparing to battle more than storms. They’re also eyeing a fight with rising coastal waters, both in the coming months and across the span of decades, thanks to global climate change.

The Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert B. Neller, told audience members at the 2019 Sea Air Space symposium Monday morning, that the Corps is “paying attention” to long-term flood projections nationwide.

“Think about the idea, hypothetically, if you had to move Camp Lejeune or Camp Pendleton," Neller said. “What would it cost us to move? The bill is pretty substantial.”