Comprehensive Sea Level Rise

Water levels have increased noticeably since much of the City’s houses and infrastr​ucture were constructed in the 1960s. From 1960 to present sea level has risen almost one foot. This increase has resulted in more frequent flooding of low-lying areas along the coast and reduced the storm water system’s ability to adequately drain rainfall. ​​​​​​​​​ 

Sea level is expected to continue increasing in the future, and at a higher rate. The City of Virginia Beach recognizes these challenges and has taken a proactive stance to ensure a vibrant future.

The Comprehensive Sea Level Rise and Recurrent Flooding Analysis and Planning Study (CSLRRF, PWCN-15-0014) was initiated in 2015 as a 5-year ef​fort to provide a roadmap for flood resiliency. The effort involves a 3-phase systematic approach that will:
      1. ​​Assess existing and future flood hazards and vulnerability for each watershed; 
      2. Develop programs that will help reduce risk;
      3. Develop resilience plans for short- and long-term planning that will help increase resiliency.

​​Public Engagement Meetings (ASERT)​

​​​Our next step involves the Action-oriented Stakeholder Engagement for a Resilient Tomorrow, or ASERT.  This is an interactive public engagement process led by a team from the Old Dominion University Resilience Collaborative.  We have scheduled a series of seven public ASERT meetings acr​oss the city during December and January.  (A link to the schedule for these meetings is included on this page.)​

​These meetings will give the public an opportunity to help develop priorities regarding the City's resiliency programs.  Information gathered from the public at these meetings will help the City better understand the existing flood risk management and public viewpo​ints regarding flood risk management and adaptation options that address future flood conditions.  

The ASERT meetings will be from 6 – 8 p.m., and will have a number of stations where players participate in activities that involve:​​
      • ​​Mapping and understanding risks; 
      • Assessing vulnerabilities and tolerances to flooding ​ 
      • Adaptation and flood proofing options
      • Building a preparedness kit 
Players will recei​ve a game card and earn points at each of the stations.  We will provide door prizes and light refreshments for attendees.  At the end of the evening, we hope that citizens will have been involved and provided information that can help in the long-term resiliency planning.​​​ 

To learn more and view an interactive map as well as other mapping assets, select ASERT Program​.

You can also view our survey​ that we will be presenting at these meetings.