Floods and Flooding

William and Mary center warns of effects from coastal flooding

Sea level rise will adversely affect the Hampton Roads area in the next few decades if the state and it's cities sit idly by, says a new study from William and Mary released on Nov. 17.

Called the "Costs of Doing Nothing," the study estimates sea level rise could cause significant damage to the coast and to the local economy.

The study was commissioned by the Virginia Coastal Policy Center at the Law School, and carried out by RTI International, a North Carolina-based company.

It asserts that sea level rise by even 1.5 feet could cost Hampton Roads $38 million more dollars in flood damages by 2040 than if there was no sea level rise.

The same increase in...