Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Virginia Developing Master Plan to Improve Flood Resilience

Virginia is developing the Coastal Resilience Master Plan to improve flood resilience for Coastal region residents. (WYDaily file/Courtesy of Jan Walker)

HAMPTON ROADS — Virginia is developing a plan to improve flood resilience for residents in the coastal regions of the Commonwealth.

On Thursday, August 5, the Office of the Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources (SNR) held a public meeting at the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission in Chesapeake to educate stakeholders and the public about the Coastal Resilience Master Plan (CRMP).

According to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, flooding is the most common and costly natural disaster in the U.S. and Virginia.

The Commonwealth developed the CRMP plan to address Virginia’s high sea level rise that puts Federal, State, local and private property and infrastructure at risk.

Virginia is working with the professional engineering firm Dewberry to develop this master plan, which includes an Impact Assessment that incorporates coastal flood hazard modeling to identify how to reduce risks. 

The Commonwealth encourages public feedback in these meetings to help inform the CRMP process. 

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