City of Virginia Beach Schedules Public Meetings About Plans for Responding to Sea Level Rise

Friday, May 17, 2019

Virginia Beach Public Works has announced a series of public meetings with Old Dominion University in May and June concerning the City’s current efforts in developing a Comprehensive Flooding Response Plan for sea level rise.   Working with Dewberry, Public Works Engineering has been conducting studies and developing long-term plans to combat the growing risks and projected effects of sea level rise throughout the city.  

The scheduled meetings are: 

Wednesday, May 29thThursday, May 30th
Virginia AquariumKempsville High School 
717 General Booth Boulevard5194 Chief Trail
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 1st CANCELLEDMonday, June 3rd 
Cox High School    Kellam High School
2425 Shorehaven Drive2665 West Neck Road
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 5thThursday, June 6th 
Princess Anne High SchoolCreeds Elementary
4400 Virginia Beach Boulevard920 Princess Anne Road
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

The rate of relative sea level rise (SLR) in the Hampton Roads region is within the top 10 percent of the nation. Long-term records of water level gauges in southeast Virginia show SLR trends that are almost twice that of the global average. This is primarily due to the relatively high rate of subsidence in Hampton Roads.

The trend of SLR increase is expected to continue and is projected to accelerate through the end of the century.  In 2014, the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences (VIMS) reviewed SLR projections from U.S. Federal entities to establish planning values for Hampton Roads as an aspect of their Recurrent Flooding Study for the Virginia General Assembly.

The VIMS report recommended a planning scenario of 1.5 feet for the region over the next 20 to 50 years, but notes that 3 feet is possible in the 50-year horizon.  These recommended values are being used in the City’s analysis.

The public meetings are being presented to help citizens determine their flood risk, consider the City’s options, and learn what residents can do on their own to help protect themselves and their property.

For additional information or questions about the meetings, please contact Drew Lankford at​, or (757) 385-8062.