Rising Seas & Sinking Land: How Coastal Virginia is Combating Climate Change

Credit Pamela D'Angelo

For the next few months Pamela D'Angelo is traveling around the Chesapeake Bay looking at how climate change is impacting neighborhoods and potential solutions being considered as lands continue to sink and flooding increases.

As Chesapeake Bay Waters Rise, One Woman Decides to Stay

Nov 18, 2020
Pamela D'Angelo

Five years ago, scientists said residents of Tangier Island may become among the first climate change refugees in the continental United States.

Others living along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay face a similar fate. And some have decided to live with the rising waters.

Flood Insurance Burden Shifting to Waterfront Homeowners

Sep 10, 2020
Pamela D'Angelo

Throughout Virginia, communities are facing down climate change.

A common symptom - more frequent flooding of their homes. A common fix – state and federal funding.

Terry Holmes

Virginia’s changing climate has created a flooding problem, and not just on the coast.

In August, homeowners and small businesses in the Shenandoah Valley were hit with not one but two floods. In smaller communities, federal aid is not easy to get.

As Waters Rise, So Do Some Homes

Sep 8, 2020
Pamela D'Angelo

This summer, tornados and intense rains have devastated some of Virginia’s tiny communities from the Atlantic Coast to mountain valleys.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA will be increasing flood insurance premiums next year.

Homeowners are facing emotional decisions, some with hefty price tags, to adapt to the changing climate.

Contest Aims to Find Sea Level Rise Resilience Projects

Feb 13, 2020
Pamela D'Angelo

Money is key to making the Hampton Roads area resilient as land there sinks and sea-level rises, threatening a key part of the state's economy.  Cost estimates run into the billions of dollars.

Now, small businesses are stepping up with solutions.