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Hampton Roads coalition aims to educate public about flooding

(Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of Courtney Engh)
(Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of Courtney Engh)

Hampton Roads has seen its fair share of flooding in recent years. Now one group is trying to help residents understand the risks associated with flooding and to get flood insurance.

“The damage of just one inch of water in your home can cost more than $25,000 in repairs,” said Ben McFarlane, a senior regional planner with the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission. “You could hope you’re never impacted by flooding, or you can protect yourself from devastating loss by signing up for flood insurance.”

The Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, along with other local government entities, has created a website, GetFloodFluent.org, with facts about flooding and common misconceptions, according to a news release.

“This is not just about whether you live on or near the water or even if your neighborhood has already experienced flooding or not,” McFarlane said. “This is about the fact that if you live in Hampton Roads, you are at risk of flooding.”

For more information, visit the Get Flood Fluent website.

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