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The Sea Level Around Hampton Roads Has Risen By 14 Inches Since 19501

And It Is Already Costing Us Over $4 Billion Dollars

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.

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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.

Norfolk has over $1 billion of proposed projects to protect against flooding by 2035.5

Virginia Beach has allocated $450 million for stormwater projects in the next 5 years.6

Hampton Roads has allocated $240 million toward projects to protect sewage systems from flooding.7