Community Meeting on Wind Tide Flooding in Southern Watershed: Thursday, Oct. 4, 6-8 p.m. at Senior Resource Center

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Frequent wind tides push water against the low-lying land surrounding Back Bay and the North Landing River, which can result in flooding, especially when the winds are from the south. These south winds drive coastal waters up into Back Bay from the Pamlico, Albemarle and Currituck sounds. In less than two years, Back Bay and its tributaries have experienced three significant wind tide events.

The City will hold a community meeting to discuss wind tide flooding in the southern watershed on Thursday, Oct. 4 at the Senior Resource Center, 912 Princess Anne Road. It is free to attend and open to the public. City staff from the Department of Public Works and Office of Emergency Management and the City's consultants on sea level rise from Dewberry will present information about causes and the extent of flooding, progress on studies to develop strategies, and identify infrastructure improvements that would reduce or mitigate flooding and assistance available after wind tide events. Attendees will have opportunities to share information about their experiences with and observations about wind tide flooding.

Through the Comprehensive Sea Level Rise and Recurrent Flooding Study and Stormwater Modeling and Master Drainage Study currently underway, the City is installing wind, precipitation and water level gauges in the watershed and developing sophisticated computer models to better understand the complicated dynamics driving the wind tide flooding. These studies will identify and evaluate strategies and infrastructure improvements that would reduce or mitigate flooding.

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