The City Is Hosting a Series of Sea Level Rise Public Meetings

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Virginia Beach Public Works has announced a series of public meetings with Old Dominion University in May and June concerning the City’s efforts in developing a comprehensive flooding response plan for sea level rise. Working with Dewberry, Public Works Engineering has been conducting studies and developing long-term plans to combat the growing risks and projected effects of sea level rise throughout the city.

The scheduled meetings are:

  • Wednesday, May 29 from 6 to 8 p.m.
    Virginia Aquarium 717 General Booth Boulevard 
  • Thursday, May 30 from 6 to 8 p.m.
    Kempsville High School 5194 Chief Trail 
  • Saturday, June 1 from 1 to 3 p.m.
    Cox High School 2425 Shorehaven Drive 
  • Monday, June 3 from 6 to 8 p.m.
    Kellam High School 2665 West Neck Road
  • Wednesday, June 5 from 6 to 8 p.m.
    Princess Anne High School 4400 Virginia Beach Boulevard
  • Thursday, June 6 from 6 to 8 p.m.
    Creeds Elementary 920 Princess Anne Road 

The rate of relative sea level rise in the Hampton Roads region is within the top 10 percent of the nation. Long-term records of water level gauges in southeast Virginia show sea level rise trends that are almost twice that of the global average. This is primarily due to the relatively high rate of subsidence in Hampton Roads. 

The trend of sea level rise increase is expected to continue and is projected to accelerate through the end of the century. In 2014, the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences (VIMS) reviewed sea level rise projections from U.S. Federal entities to establish planning values for Hampton Roads as an aspect of their Recurrent Flooding Study for the Virginia General Assembly. The VIMS report recommended a planning scenario of 1.5 feet for the region over the next 20 to 50 years, but notes that 3 feet is possible in the 50-year horizon. These recommended values are being used in the City’s analysis.

For additional information or questions about the meetings, contact Drew Lankford at dlankfor@vbgov.com, or (757) 385-8062.

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