18 inch sea level rise predicted for Virginia coastal communities “in our lifetime”
Hampton Roads, already judged to be the second most at-risk area in the US for rising seas, now faces some of the first consequences: dramatically increased insurance costs for homeowners, if they can get insurance.
The Virginia Institute of Marine Science recently published a study about the effects of recurrent flooding from sea level rise. Commissioned by the General Assembly, the study confirmed that Virginia’s coastal communities should plan for water levels to increase by at least a foot and a half in our lifetime.
Hampton Roads localities are scrambling to address the issue, which currently leaves local governments on the hook for flooding of coastal sprawl development.
A New York Times report in late 2012 showed that inaction on climate change would produce permanent flooding in 39% of Newport News, 99% of Virginia Beach, and 100% of Norfolk.