Flooding Mitigation – A “top five issue” in Norfolk (news story)


THOUGH THE FLOODING PROBLEM IS
AS OLD AS NORFOLK HERSELF, SEA LEVEL RISE IN HURRICANE SEASONS
ARE ESPECIALLY DESTRUCTIVE TO RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES AND NOW
THE CITY OF NORFOLK IS TRYING TO TACKLE THE CONTINUING PROBLEM OF
FLOODING HEAD ON.>>THE ISSUE OF FLOODING IS
ACTUALLY ONE OF THE MANAGER’S TOP FIVE ISSUES THAT HE DEALS
WITH ON A FOCUSED AREA. FLOODING, HEALTHY NORFOLK,
NEIGHBORS BUILDING NEIGHBORS, AND IMPACT, WHICH IS BASICALLY
OUR ABILITY TO TAKE YOUR CALLS AND RESPOND TO REQUESTS OF
CITIZENS ARE SEVERAL — ARE SOME OF THOSE PRIORITIES THAT HE
ASKED THE DEPARTMENTS AND CITY STAFF TO FOCUS ON.
>>LAST MONTH AT PRETLOW LIBRARY, ASSISTANT MANAGER RON
WILLIAMS AND OTHER CITY LEADERS OUTLINED THE CITY’S STRATEGY IN
A SERIES OF PRESENTATIONS.>>THERE’S PLAN, PREPARE,
COMMUNICATE AND DEDICATE. PLANNING SPEAKS TO THE LONG-TERM
PLANNING STUDY AND ANALYSIS. PREPARE IS TALKING ABOUT THE
MORE EMERGENT OR MORE IMMEDIATE NEEDS AND HOW YOU RESPOND IN
EMERGENCY SITUATIONS. COMMUNICATE IS BASICALLY SOME OF
WHAT WE’RE DOING THIS EVENING, AND THEN MITIGATE IS ACTUALLY
WHEN WE ACTUALLY TRY TO PREVENT OR HELP REMEDIATE THE IMPACT
THAT FLOODING HAS.>>AND THERE’S A LOT GOING ON AS
CITY LEADERS LOOK FOR WAYS TO HELP KEEP YOU SAFE AND DRY.
>>SO WE HAVE SEVERAL DEPARTMENT HEADS AND THE EXECUTIVE STAFF
THAT NEAT ON THIS ISSUE EVER — MEET ON THIS ISSUE EVERY MONDAY
AFTERNOON AND A LOT OF WHAT’S IN THIS PLAN, AND WE DON’T TOUCH ON
EVERYTHING IN THE STRATEGY AND UNDER THE WORK PLAN THIS
EVENING, BUT IS DISCUSSED AT THIS MONDAY MEETING.
WE DO HAVE ONGOING SHORELINE PROTECTION ANALYSIS, WHICH
REALLY SPEAKS TO THE OESHVIEW, WILLOUGHBY BEACHES.
WE HAVE LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVES. WE’RE WORKING WITH PARTNERS BOTH
IN THE SCENES AND ENGINEERING AND — IN THE SCIENCES AND
ENGINEERING AND WE’RE LOOKING AT BEST PRACTICES IN BUILDING CODES
AND ZONING ORDINANCES TO HELP MITIGATE THE CONTINUED DAMAGE TO
PROPERTY.>>NORFOLK IS ALSO GETTING
OUTSIDE HELP WITH THE ISSUE.>>WE HAVE A FLOODING AWARENESS
EXPERT, THE BADGER GROUP, WHICH IS REALLY GIVING US THE ABILITY
TO BRING INSTITUTIONAL RESIDENTS, THE NAVY, THE
UNIVERSITY, NOAA, AND ALSO MARRY UP SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING AND
ALSO GIVES US KIND OF A SOUNDING BOARD FOR WHAT WE’RE LOOKING AT
WITH THE ANALYSIS WE’RE DOING AND ASKING THEM, HEY, ARE WE ON
THE RIGHT TRACK, IS THERE SOMETHING ELSE WE SHOULD BE
LOOKING AT? WE HAVE HAD RECENTLY A STUDY
THAT SHOWS OUR WATERSHED AND THE PRECIPITATION, RAINFALL FLOODING
AND HOW THAT IMPACTS THE WHOLE CITY, AND ADDITIONALLY, WE HAVE
A STUDY THAT’S GIVEN US AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE TIDAL
FLOODING CITY WIDE AS WELL AND WE’RE GOING TO START TO ABSORB
THAT AND UNDERSTAND WHAT WE NEED TO DO TO PLAN FORWARD.
BOTH OF THOSE STUDIES REALLY GIVE US A TWO TO THREE-DECADE
KIND OF PLAN LIKE WE HAVE HAVE MUCH IN THE TRANSPORTATION REALM
FOR THE TYPE OF INFRASTRUCTURE THAT WE SHOULD CONTINUE TO
PROVIDE AND ENHANCE.>>ANOTHER GOAL IS CONTINUAL
TRANSPARENCY. SO HELP WITH THAT, THE THE CITY
OF NORFOLK HAS CREATED A NEW FLOOD AGE — AWARENESS WEBSITE.
LOG ON TO NORFOLK.GOV AND CLICK ON FLOODING AWARENESS ON THE
LEFT SIDE OF THE PAGE.>>WE HAVE THE SITE TO MEET YOUR
NEEDS AND ANSWER SOME OF THE QUESTIONS.
>>THERE IS A VARIETY OF FLOODING INFORMATION ON THE
SITE, INCLUDING ALL THE DIFFERENT STUDIES THAT ARE GOING
ON AS WELL AS UPDATES FOR FLOODING MITIGATION.
YOU CAN ALSO FIND FLOOD MAP ESTIMATES FOR CATEGORY 1 THROUGH
4 HURRICANES.>>YOU CAN ZOOM IN AND FIND YOUR
NEIGHBORHOOD AND THE PROPERTY AND IT WILL TELL YOU WHAT
NORFOLK LOOKS LIKE IN THIS KIND OF CATEGORY STORM, SO THOSE ARE
ALL THERE IN ONE PLACE FOR YOU TO USE AND WHEN WE HAD OUR LAST
EVENT, THOSE MAPS WERE USED FOR SUGGESTED NEIGHBORHOODS TO
EVACUATE. WE USED THOSE STORM SURGE MAPS.
>>IN ADDITION, YOU WILL FIND ANSWERS TO YOUR MOST FREQUENTLY
ASKED QUESTIONS WHEN IT COMES TO FLOODING IN NORFOLK AS WELL AS
LINKS TO CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS.
>>AND THESE ARE SPECIFIC PROJECTS THAT DEAL WITH STORM
WATER FLOODING, INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS, AND SO WE’RE
TRYING TO KEEP THOSE UP TO DATE TO SEE WHAT WE’RE DOING
CITYWIDE.>>THERE ARE EVEN MAPS THAT SHOW
WHAT HAPPENED IN NORFOLK DURING STORMS LIKE HURRICANES ISABEL,
IRENE, AND THE 2009 NOVEMBER NOR’EASTER.
>>YOU CALL THESE MAPS UP AND THEY WILL SHOW YOU WHAT THE CITY
LOOKED LIKE, WHAT AREAS WERE UNDER WATER OR IMPASSABLE OR
INUNDATED WITH WATER, TIDALLY INFLUENCED WATER AT THAT POINT.
>>ADDITIONALLY, THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
RECENTLY AWARDED THE CITY OF NORFOLK NEARLY ONE MILLION
DOLLARS TO ELEVATE FIVE HOMES IN THE COLONIAL PLACE AND RIVERVIEW
NEIGHBORHOODS AS PART OF THE SEVERE REPETITIVE LOSS GRANT
PROGRAM. A SMALL VICTORY FOR A CITY
SURROUNDED BY BEAUTIFUL, BUT SOMETIMES DESTRUCTIVE WATERS.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *