Sea Level Rise

For neighborhoods along the Atlantic coast and the Chesapeake Bay, recurrent flooding that comes with climate change makes it hard to navigate, especially during seasonal high tides and more frequent extreme wind events like Nor'easters.

Now, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science has a tool to help people throughout the region prepare for a flood.

Pamela D'Angelo

You've probably heard coastal Virginia is sinking. That leads to more flooding, even on sunny days, because sea levels are rising, storms are stronger and currents are changing.

In the city of Hampton, high tides can block roads and creep into parking lots, yards and homes.

Sandy Hausman

As hurricane season draws to a close, Virginians who live on the coast may be feeling relief, but for residents of Tangier Island the threat of being overwhelmed by wind and waves remains.  They could become the first climate change refugees in this country.  This fall, the state promised to spend $3 million on a sea wall to protect Tangier’s harbor, but locals want a wall to surround their shrinking island.

Northam Signs Climate Change Executive Order

Nov 5, 2018
Pamela D'Angelo

During the past 20 years, Virginia has experienced a 250 percent increase in federally declared disasters. Citing those statistics and damage across the state from recent hurricanes, Governor Ralph Northam on Friday signed an executive order to protect state-owned assets and the economy by reducing the impacts of climate change such as tidal and storm surge flooding in coastal Virginia.

When voters head to the polls November 6th, they’ll be confronted with a constitutional amendment that would authorize tax breaks to people who own waterfront property.