NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Republican candidate for governor Ed Gillespie unveiled his plan to address the growing issue of coastal flooding in the state of Virginia.
Hampton Roads is particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels and recurring flooding. A study by the Hampton Road Planning District Commission estimated that the region could face direct economic costs of $12 billion to $87 billion due to rising seas by the end of the century.
In a six-point plan unveiled by his campaign Thursday, Gillespie is pushing for affordable flood insurance and designating someone in his administration who will work with city leaders to come up with flooding solutions.
His full plan is available on his campaign's website, and is also summarized in the news release his campaign issued below: