NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) - Relief may be coming for residents who have put up with flooding around their homes. The Army Corps of Engineers has continued working with city officials to look at past, current, and future management plans to stop the problem.
From possible storm surge barriers in the Lafayette to discussing potential flood walls around downtown and Ghent, the conversations at The Lambert's Point Community Center Thursday night were geared towards stopping a major problem.
Community member Cheryll Sumner said, "A lot of people in Norfolk flood, so I think everyone is starting to feel like help is on the way."
The Army Corps of Engineers are continuing its Coastal Storm Risk Management Study, funded by the federal budget and looks at the entire city of Norfolk. From Sea level rise and land subsidence, they're looking at what can be tweaked to stop Mother Nature. On Thursday night, they wanted to know what the public thought about their future plans.
"Sometimes the individual is going to think of something that the officials think of, and for them to have these meetings lets us know that they are listening to our ideas,” explained Sumner.
The Army Corps of Engineers says this is a good plan for Norfolk, though it will not to happen overnight.
"The study will take another year and a half, and I wouldn't expect any construction to happen for at least ten years,” explained Susan Conner, Chief Planning and Policy for the Army Corps of Engineers.
Community members say, "Perfection takes time, and it will take time to get things perfected."
If a big storm were to hit the area, like a hurricane, Conner said it would be possible to speed up the timeline for the projects, because more money from the federal government would become available.