Lake Bradford & Lake Chubb Stormwater (CIP 7-053)


Lake Bradford and Chubb Lake are located in the northwest part of Virginia Beach adjacent to Joint Expeditionary Base (JEB) Little Creek and Chesapeake Beach.  The stormwater drainage systems for Chesapeake Beach, Church Point, part of Thoroughgood, and portions of Shore Drive drain to these lakes.  During Hurricane Matthew, the water level rose significantly resulting in flooding around the lakes and in upstream neighborhoods. 

The lakes drain through a canal to Little Creek Harbor west of JEB Little Creek.  Located along this canal is a "weir gate" which can be used to affect the water level in Lake Bradford and Chubb Lake.  The City of Virginia Beach coordinates with JEB Little Creek regarding the maintenance and operation of this gate and the canal. 

This project first appeared in the FY 2017-18 CIP, with partial funding to address the repetitive residential and roadway flooding that occurs with moderate to heavy rainfall and tidal events.

Upcoming Event

An Open House Meeting will be held by the Virginia Beach Public Works Department, November 14, 2019, from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM at the Bayside Recreation Center, 4500 First Court Road, Virginia Beach.

There will be a 20 minute presentation providing an update on the stormwater analysis so far.  Afterwards, tables will be setup for residents to speak with City of Virginia Beach representatives about their flooding concerns.  A questionnaire will also be available for residents to provide comments and concerns.

For further information, contact Matthew Richardson with Public Works-Engineering at 385-4131 or mrichardson@ Hearing-impaired call 711.

Current Update

RK&K was chosen to provide technical engineering services and will analyze the City's Master Drainage stormwater model for Watershed 31 to identify drainage improvements within the Lake Bradford Drainage Basin.  The stormwater model was recently completed and RK&K have begun their analysis.  Lake Bradford and Chubb Lake were identified as part of Targeted Area 4 in the Norfolk and Virginia Beach Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) developed between Norfolk, Virginia Beach, the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC), and several U.S. Navy installations including Joint Expedition Base (JEB) Little Creek.  Engineering design work has begun for two early drainage improvement projects.​

Current Drainage Improvement Projects​

Lake Bradford/Chubb Lake, CIP 7-053:  This multi-phase project will include a preliminary engineering report to study the cause of flooding and identify improvement projects.

Pleasure House Lake Outfall:  This Lake is located under Northampton Boulevard at the end of Pleasure House Road. This project includes the installation of a new storm drain pipe from the lake to an existing stormwater pump station.  This will allow for better manage the water level within the lake.

Lake Bradford Ditch Dredging:  This project will provide maintenance dredging of 1,900-ft of ditches draining to Lake Bradford from Pleasure House Road and Shore Drive.​

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