Let’s talk about ‘wind tides’ in southern Virginia Beach

City officials and private consultants studying sea-level rise in Virginia Beach, will be talking with residents about the flooding phenomena

Flooding on Sandbridge Road in Virginia Beach caused by rain and wind tides (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of Courtney Engh)
Flooding on Sandbridge Road in Virginia Beach caused by rain and wind tides (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of Courtney Engh)

VIRGINIA BEACH — The city will have a community meeting to discuss wind tide flooding in the southern watershed on Oct. 4 at the Senior Resource Center on Princess Anne Road.

It’s free to attend and open to the public, according to a news release from the city.

Staff from the Department of Public Works and Office of Emergency Management and the City’s consultants on sea level rise from Dewberry will present information about the causes and extent of flooding, progress on studies to develop strategies, and identify infrastructure improvements that would reduce or mitigate flooding and assistance available after wind tide events.

Attendees will have opportunities to share information about their experiences with and observations about wind tide flooding.

Related story: Here’s an interactive map filled with images of flooding in Virginia Beach

Frequent wind tides push water against the low-lying land surrounding Back Bay and the North Landing River, according to research published by the City of Virginia Beach’s website.

Those wind tides can result in flooding, especially when the winds are from the south.

Comprehensive Sea Level Rise and Recurrent Flooding Study and Stormwater Modeling and Master Drainage Study are currently underway.

The city is installing wind, precipitation, and water level gauges in the watershed and developing computer models to better understand the dynamics driving wind tide flooding.

Those studies will identify and evaluate strategies and infrastructure improvements that would reduce or mitigate flooding.

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