America's Preparedness Report Card 2015

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Virginia Coastal Flooding

Virginia falls in the middle of the pack for its preparedness actions taken to address its coastal flooding risks. The state is taking many steps to address current risks as well as taking multiple steps to understand its vulnerability to sea level rise and developing plans to address it.



For more information on how prepared Virginia is for its growing coastal flooding threat, read the detailed state summary.


Is Virginia Taking Action?

  • The Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program is helping coastal communities prepare for sea level rise by providing funding for communities to assess their risks to future coastal flooding
  • The state has developed policies that allow for the creation of local government special districts to conduct activities to address impacts from future sea level rise
  • However, there is no evidence that the state has updated its climate change adaptation plan with detailed resilience measures or a timeline for implementation

Did you know...

  • Virginia currently has approximately 450 square miles in the 100-year coastal floodplain. By 2050, this is projected to increase to nearly 600 square miles