Interactive meetings allow people to understand, discuss flooding in Virginia Beach

Flooding and sea level rise are major concerns for all of Hampton Roads

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- A series of meetings in December and January will allow people who live in Virginia Beach an opportunity to share their thoughts on flood risks and what priorities the city should set when it comes to those risks.

Action-oriented Stakeholder Engagement for a Resilient Tomorrow, or ASERT, is an interactive public engagement process led by a team from the Old Dominion University Resilience Collaborative.

Information gathered from people who attend the meetings will help the city and engineers understand what the public feels is important about flood risks, possible changes in the future, and possible flood risk management and adaptation options.

"It's mostly going to be people interacting with individuals rather than a single presentation rather then everyone just listening and speaking back," said Michelle Covi, ODU Professor and Researcher. "We want people to tell their stories about flooding and to tell their stories about moving around the community. Maybe their house doesn't flood, but maybe they have trouble getting to work."

The ASERT meetings will offer stations where people participate in activities that involve:

  • Mapping and understanding risks
  • Assessing vulnerabilities and tolerances to flooding
  • Adaptation and flood proofing options
  • Building a preparedness kit

The meetings take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the following locations on the following dates:

  • Kempsville High School, December 4
  • Cox High School, December 6
  • Cooke Elementary School, December 11
  • Landstown High School, January 17
  • Kellam High School, January 22
  • Princess Anne High School, January 25
  • Bayside High School, January 29

More specifics about the meetings can be found here.

You can find out more about the ASERT program and mapping assets here.

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