Sea Level Rise (SLR)

City of Va Beach SLR webpage: The City's Sea Level Rise webpage (link at top of page) which contains a lot of information on the topic; we encourage you to bookmark and follow the City's actions.

The city has requested that each of us complete two surveys as part of it’s Phase I SLR project to gather data from the community. The links are here, each detailed below:


TMA/ODU survey

SURVEY LINK  #2 (and letter from Sarah Ray of RTI International):


RTI survey 

The city has also requested that we send them our photos of flooding. Please send flood photos to:

Flooding Information and Pictures

Dept of Public Works, Building 2

2405 Courthouse Dr #345

Virginia Beach 23456-9121

or email them to

For questions call 757-385-4131

January 2018

In the 2017 Late Fall Bulletin, you may recall a schedule was posted for several Interactive Sea Level Rise (SLR) /Recurrent Flooding and Drainage Workshops. Each workshop provides an overview of what is being done citywide  as well as within each watershed area with regard to these issues.  The workshop for our watershed was held in December, however, there are a number of workshops left and residents are encouraged to attend any workshop regardless of it's location. City and consultant staff will be available to address any questions you may have regardless of where you live or work and the workshop you attend. These workshops were coordinated by the Miles Agency on behalf of the Dewberry Consulting Team/Old Dominion University, working with the Department of Public Works and the City of Virginia Beach. It is good to see that our City is taking the issues of Sea Level Rise seriously, assessing flood impact and issues as we continue to have more severe storms on a regular basis. They are currently doing the Comprehensive SLR Study Approach. 

The goal: Produce information and strategies that will enable Virginia Beach to establish long - term resilience to sea level rise and associated recurrent flooding.

Outcomes: *A full understanding of flood risk and anticipated changes over planning and infrastructure time horizons

                *Risk-informed strategies, including engineered protection and policy reduce short and long-term impacts 

                *City-wide and watershed “action plans” for strategy implementation 

                *A fine-tuned public outreach process to advance resilience initiatives.   

Below you will find the schedule for the remaining workshops.  In addition you can learn more about this project at the City of Virginia Beach, Comprehensive Sea Level Rise project.

Public Interactive Sea Level Rise/Recurrent Flooding Workshop

Presenters ODU & Dewberry Confirmed locations:

12/4/17      6 - 8 p.m.   Kempsville High School

12/6/17      6 - 8 p.m.   Cox High School

12/11/17    6 - 8 p.m.   Cooke Elementary 

1/17/18      6 - 8 p.m.   Landstown High School

1/22/18      6 - 8 p.m.   Kellam High School

1/25/18      6 - 8 p.m.   Princess Anne High School

1/29/18      6 - 8 p.m.   Bayside High School

  1. b)In addition as part of this ongoing, city-wide project, area civic leagues including ours have been asked by The Miles Agency and RTI, a nonprofit research company partnering with the Department of Homeland Security, to enlist the help of their residents in the collection of important data by completing two surveys relating to the growing threat of Sea Level Rise, and our area's recurring flooding/drainage issues.  The surveys are completely voluntary and confidential. The information you provide will be analyzed only within these agencies conducting the surveys. The PAHCL Drainage Committee has been working closely with the City Operations department on a process for addressing the serious drainage issues on Goodspeed Road, and the hope is that a higher than average participation in one or both of these surveys by Princess Anne Hills neighbors will send a clear message to the City that our expressed concerns for Goodspeed Road drainage issues warrant a more timely response, at least. We must be proactive to increase attention and future support from the City. The drainage problem may affect Goodspeed Rd directly, but it affects the entire neighborhood indirectly as property sales prices in Princess Anne Hills continue to decline and lag behind comparable neighborhoods in the Northern corner of Virginia Beach. Not only does the drainage issue affect property values, more importantly it significantly hinders service by emergency vehicles should they be needed during periods of standing water. Our City government needs to know we consider this issue to be within its realm of address. 

Thank you in advance for your participation.


TMA/ODU survey

SURVEY LINK  #2 and letter  (from Sarah Ray of RTI International):


RTI survey 

Update January 2018:

We attended one of the Sea Level Rise workshops and were delighted with the open and frank discussion and stance the city is taking with regard to flooding solutions. Representatives from the ODU and Miles Agency teams along with Public Works staff were on hand to present their 3 phase strategy and answer questions.  The city will hold additional workshops as this project's 3 phases unfold:  Phase 1 is to collect data from us and others in surrounding communities (current phase to include the surveys and photo request as referenced above); Phase 2 is a Spring/Summer workshop on Solution Perspectives; and Phase 3 in the Fall is Implementation.  

As one might easily guess, the solutions determined best after Phases 1 and 2 will be very large in scope and will be expensive. It is the city’s intention to seek state and federal monies.  They are asking for help from Va Beach residents in two ways:  1.  Please send pictures of flooding you may have (contact info at top of page);  2.  Complete two online surveys (links at top of page) and 3. Once they have completed the study and know what they will need from the state and feds, they want us to lobby to our elected officials.  They will provide details when that time comes. 

We encourage everyone to help the City build their case by participating in the surveys, sending your flood pictures and taking action with elected officials when prompted in the future.  Please feel free to direct any questions to Michelle Laborde (757-469-6389); Mike Byrnes (757-434-3200) and Kate Michaels (757-472-4949) are available for questions as well.