Flooding Has Increased By 180% Since 20002
Small increases of even an inch of sea level rise are causing real problems in Virginia. More homes, streets and parklands are being flooded than ever before because of high tides. Higher seas mean more water and more flooding during high tides, hurricanes and rainstorms.
The Rate Of Sea Level Rise Has Accelerated By 66% In The Last 5 Years
Sea levels are now rising by one inch every five years, on average.3 Why? Ice melt from Antarctica and Greenland, an expanding ocean, a slowing Gulf Stream and sinking land are to blame.
We Know This Because Virginia’s Sea Level Is Measured Every 6 Minutes
To monitor local sea level, scientists use different equipment like satellites, floating buoys off the coast, and tidal gauges to accurately measure the local sea level as it accelerates and changes.
Hampton Roads Is Implementing Solutions For $4 Billion
In low lying places, roads have been raised, seawalls and pumping systems have been installed, and fresh water wells have been relocated. Some cities have sufficient resources to deal with this problem while others do not. We need solutions at the individual, local, state, and federal levels to protect our coastal communities.