Liberal article – doesn’t mean it isn’t a concern – like California – Norfolk was not geographically erroding in a way to be condusive to growing population!
In the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, which includes Norfolk and Newport News, the battle with the rising sea is a matter of national security because the low-lying area is home to so many military bases that it has been called the world’s greatest collection of military might.
The shipyard where Trump appeared is the only facility that builds American aircraft carriers. The region also hosts key Navy, Air Force, Marine and Coast Guard bases, one of the nation’s busiest ports, and several cities and towns.
So, there’s a lot at risk. And the clock is ticking faster than almost anywhere else.
A few miles from the shipyard, at one end of a pier on Naval Station Norfolk, the federal government has recorded some of its most alarming data about climate change.
Since 1927, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has had a tidal gauge at Sewells Point, the peninsula where the base sits. It has recorded the highest relative sea level rise on the East Coast, nearly 15 inches.
And that rate is expected to accelerate in coming years.
Flooding already is so routine that giant rulers have been erected beside the city roads outside the base to show whether water is too deep to drive into.
In little more than two decades the main road into the base could be flooding almost daily at high tide.