City of Virginia Beach to Hold Public Meetings About Flood Risks and Resiliency at Central Library

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The City of Virginia Beach, Public Works Engineering, and the Old Dominion University Resilience Collaborative will be sponsoring a film and interactive community event concerning flooding and ways to respond at the Virginia Beach Central Library on Saturday, March 24, 2018, starting at 1:30 p.m.  At 2 pm, there will be a presentation of the film, "Tidewater: Water is Rising, Land is Sinking, and the Military is Here to Stay," which was produced by Roger Sorkin and the American Resilience Project.  

Introducing the film will be Rear Admiral (Ret.) Ann Phillips who appears in the movie and is very involved with helping promote resilience across the region. 

A trailer can be found at this link: 

This event will give residents an opportunity to express what they believe the priorities should be and what they believe should be addressed by the City's resiliency program.

There were seven similar meetings across the city during December and January at local public schools in Virginia Beach so that citizens can provide input about flood risks and planning for the future. 

 Information gathered from the public at these meetings will help the city and engineers understand what the public feels is important about existing flood risk, possible changes in the future, and possible flood risk management and adaptation options. 

There will be a number of stations where residents can participate in activities that involve:  

  • Mapping and understanding risks
  • Assessing vulnerabilities and tolerances to flooding
  • Adaptation and flood proofing options

The primary goal for the meetings is that citizens will be involved and provide information that can help in the long-term resiliency planning.  There will be refreshments provided, and families are encouraged to attend what should be a fun learning experience. 

​For additional information, please contact Michelle Covi at


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