Army Corps looks for feedback on Norfolk flooding

The Army Corp of Engineers is seeking feedback from Norfolk residents about flood plans.

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers is inviting the public to give feedback on its Norfolk Coastal Storm Risk Management Study.

The study was approved in 2012 and employees started working on the three-year study in 2016. It cost $3 million.

Susan Conner, the chief of planning for the Norfolk district, said the plans will be shown to the public during its draft revisal phase.

“We said this is the plan we want to implement and we want the public to give us some feedback,” she said.

The Army Corps of Engineers and the city hosted a public meeting at the Attucks Theater from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday night to talk about the project.

Storm surge barrier walls are proposed to be built on the Lafayette River, The Hague, Broad Creek, and Pretty Lake.

“It does allow us, when we see a big storm surge approaching, to close those gates and provide protection to that area of the city,” Conner said.

Conner says the plan also includes flood walls, including a miles-long extension of the current one in Downtown Norfolk.

The project also includes smaller plans for the rest of the city.

“Some areas of the city, where we think we should elevate homes or acquire properties, perhaps the flooding is such we can’t keep the water back, so we’re learning how to deal with and live with the water,” she said.

Conner said the proposed project will cost $1.8 billion, but the city would benefit by the millions economically.

After the revision phase of the study, a recommendation will be issued by the chief of engineers to Congress.

Conner says from there, Congress will have to approve the project and the Army Corps of Engineers will wait to have the money budgeted to begin construction.

She says it could take up to ten years for that to start up.

It’s a project that’s years away, but one the Army Corps says will definitely help the future of Norfolk.

Click the links below for more information on the study:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report 

Norfolk Coastal Storm Risk Management study