July 27, 2021

Is Your Home Impacted by Flooding? Consider Attending an Aug. 5 Public Meeting to Discuss the Coastal Resilience Master Plan

The Office of the Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources will be hosting public meetings throughout Virginia's coastal communities in the coming weeks with the goal of educating residents and stakeholders about the Coastal Resilience Master Plan (CRMP) and to capture input and feedback that can help inform hazard mitigation efforts moving forward.

The Hampton Roads regional public meeting will be held at the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission Boardroom, 723 Woodlake Drive, Chesapeake. on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021 from 6 to 8 p.m. All meetings will follow COVID protocols as directed by the meeting locations.

Anyone who can't make it to the public meetings is instead encouraged to complete the Coastal Resilience Stakeholder Survey here: www.surveymonkey.com/r/VACRMP-Public.

Coastal Virginia is vulnerable to a variety of hazards that threaten the safety of residents and have the potential to damage property, disrupt the local economy and impact the overall quality of life. While the threat from these hazards may never be fully eliminated, the Hampton Roads Hazard Mitigation Plan recommends specific actions designed to protect residents, business owners and local infrastructure.

Flooding is the most common and costly natural disaster nationally and Virginia has the highest rate of sea level rise of any east coast state. And, since the state's coastal region is home to more than 70 percent of Virginia's population, that means billions of dollars in federal, state, local and private property and infrastructure are at risk. Unless actions are taken to reduce flooding and increase the resilience of neighborhoods and infrastructure, living in coastal Virginia will become increasingly challenging in the coming years, so the Commonwealth is developing the CRMP to improve flood resilience for residents in Virginia Beach and other communities. The participation of residents, businesses, non-profits, and local stakeholders is critically important to this public planning process.

The state is working with the engineering firm Dewberry and their team to develop the Virginia CRMP. Dewberry has conducted an Impact Assessment that characterizes how Virginia's people and landscape will be affected by coastal hazards, now and in the future. This Impact Assessment incorporates coastal flood hazard modeling and analysis that shows coastal flooding risks, identifies planned work to reduce those risks, and shows where there are gaps between risks and solutions. At the public meeting, attendees will learn about the findings of this Impact Assessment and the process for continued feedback. They will also have an opportunity to share their experiences with flooding and their perspective on solutions the CRMP should consider.

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