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

​​May 24, 2019 Update

​RK&K was chosen to provide technical engineering services and will analyze the City’s Master Drainage stormwater model to identify needed drainage improvements.  The stormater model is currently being finalized and validated.The City is currently coordinating with the Hampton Roads Planning District (HRPDC) and the Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) with the Navy to improve drainage in the area.  The flooding around JEB Little Creek is one of the focus areas of the study.Engineering design work has begun for the first two improvement projects Lake Pleasure House Outfall and Lake Bradford Ditch Dredging projects.  Construction is anticipated to begin spring 2020.


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

The lakes drain through a canal to Little Creek Harbor located on JEB Little Creek.  The canal has a gate that can affect the water level in Lake Bradford as well as prevent the tide from backing up into these lakes.  The City of Virginia Beach coordinates with JEB Little Creek regarding the maintenance and operation of this gate and the canal.  This area is also part of a current Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) being conducted for the base.

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

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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