Virginia state leaders push bill to help fight flooding in Hampton Roads

Posted at 10:55 AM, Dec 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-09 12:08:26-05

Norfolk, Va. - Virginia state leaders held a news conference to push for a bill to help fight flooding throughout the flood prone state.

If passed, the Virginia Coastal Protection Act would be the first ever bill to deal with the effects of flooding in Virginia.

"The Virginia Coastal Protection Act is the only state wide solution to deal with the flooding problem," said State Policy Director Dawone Robinson

According to state leaders, the bill will provide funds to fight flooding and support climate resilience.

It's a problem we see far too often right here in Hampton Roads--from neighborhoods underwater to leaving residents to using boats instead of cars.

"It's the City of Norfolk, it's the City of Virginia Beach, it's the entire region that's very vulnerable. There's 1.7 million citizens here, so that's why we're asking for action," Robinson said.

State leaders say the bill is pivotal because the rise of sea levels and flooding impacts Virginia's military readiness.