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

Virtual Open House Meeting – November 12th

An informal Virtual Open House Meeting was held by the Virginia Beach Public Works Department on November 12th, from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM.

 The meeting included a presentation and provided an update on the drainage study as well as introduced two upcoming construction projects; Lake Pleasure House Outfall and the Lake Bradford Dredging projects.  Attendees are requested to complete an online questionnaire and provide their comments, concerns, and feedback about these projects. 

 Lake Bradford/Chubb Lake Drainage Program Survey – This survey will be available until January  8th

 November 12th Presentation 

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

 To watch the video of the Nov. 12 meeting visit:


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 Bradford Acres, Chesapeake Beach, Church Point, Hermitage Elementary, Lake Shores, North Beach, Pleasure House Road, part of Thoroughgood, and portions of Northampton Boulevard and Shore Drive drain to these lakes.  During Hurricane Matthew, the water level rose significantly resulting in flooding around the lakes and in upstream neighborhoods. A drainage study is currently underway to identify improvement projects and develop an implementation and phasing plan to address flooding in this area. 

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. 

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. 

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.

Public Meeting

An Open House Meeting was held by the Virginia Beach Public Works Department, November 14, 2019,  at the Bayside Recreation Center. 

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

Current Update

RK&K was chosen to provide technical engineering services and have begun their detailed analysis of the City's stormwater model for Watershed 31 to identify drainage improvements, develop an implementation and phasing plan, and determine the environmental permits that may be required for construction.  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.​