Virginia Beach ranks top for cities at serious risk of flooding in Virginia

Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Posted at 8:01 PM, Apr 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-17 20:01:06-04

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - Several cities in the Hampton Roads area are at risk of serious flooding based on a 2020 national flood risk assessment.

The First National Flood Risk Assessment in 2020 found that 344,000 Virginia properties are at risk for flooding, and they expect it to increase to nearly 390,000 by 2050. JES Work reports that this means more than 15% of properties in Virginia are at risk of flooding over the next 30 years.

The study includes areas that the current FEMA flood insurance rate maps haven’t yet mapped.

According to the study, the following are the top 10 cities in Virginia at risk for flooding. This list is ranked by the number of properties at risk:

CityPropertiesPercentage of total properties
Virginia Beach28,943 20%
Chesapeake 16,54319%
Newport News7,28514%

According to the study, Virginia Beach is expected to grow to 52,000 properties at risk by 2050.

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