Virginia Beach Public Works Schedules Public Meetings to Present Draft of Plan for Responding to Sea Level Rise

Friday, January 24, 2020

​Virginia Beach Public Works has announced another series of public meetings to present their draft of the Virginia Beach Sea Level Wise Adaptation Strategy.  The report addresses current and future flooding risks throughout the city.  Citizens are urged to attend and give their input before completing the final draft. 

Working with Dewberry over the last 18 months, 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 : 

*  January 28 - 6 to 8 p.m. - Kempsville High School - 5194 Chief Trail 

*  January 30 -  6 to 8 p.m. - Princess Anne High School - 4400 Virginia Beach Blvd. 

*  Feb. 3 - 6 to 8 p.m. -  Virginia Beach MIddle School - 600 25th Street 

*  Feb. 5 - 6 to 8 p.m. - Creeds Elementary School - 920 Princess Anne Road 

*  Feb. 12 - 6 to 8 p.m. - Kellam High School - 2665 West Neck Road    

*  Feb. 15 - 10 a.m. to noon - Cox High School - 2425 Shorehaven Drive 

​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 trend of SLR increase is expected to continue and is projected to accelerate through the end of the century.  

For more information about SEA LEVEL WISE, go to:  www.vbgov.com/pwslr.  For additional information about the public meetings, contact Sue Kriebel at skriebel@vbgov.com, or (757) 385-3934

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