Virginia leaders meet, discuss flood protection for Hampton Roads

Larry Carney/WAVY

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A group of bipartisan Virginia leaders gathered in Norfolk Wednesday morning to discuss pushing for the passage of state legislation to fight the effects of local flooding.

The bill is called the Virginia Coastal Protection Act, which would seek to generate around $250 million a year for flood protection and clean energy solutions by adding Virginia to a market-based system of caps and reductions to carbon pollution.

The bill has been endorsed as a legislative priority for the Hampton Roads area by local leaders and the Virginia Municipal League.

Speakers at Wednesday’s meeting included Virginia Del. Ron Villanueva (R), Bryan Pennington, City of Norfolk Director of Intergovernmental Relations, Virginia Beach Councilwoman Rosemary Wilson and Ret. Navy Capt. Joe Bouchard.

Some of those in attendance wore yellow rain boots to symbolize the struggle many coastal citizens face trying to get to school or work during high tides.

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