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Rising Seas Are Flooding Norfolk Naval Base, and There’s No Plan to Fix It

Date Posted: 2019-09-09
Source: The Weather Channel & ICN

 

NORFOLK, Virginia—The one-story brick firehouse at Naval Station Norfolk sits pinched between a tidal inlet and Willoughby Bay. The station houses the first responders to any emergency at the neighboring airfield. Yet when a big storm hits or the tides surge, the land surrounding it floods. Even on a sunny day this spring, with the tide out, the field beside the firehouse was filled with water.

"It's not supposed to be a pond," said Joe Bouchard, a retired captain and former base commander. "It is now."

Naval Station Norfolk, home to the Atlantic Fleet, floods not just in heavy rains or during hurricanes. It floods when the sun is shining, too, if the tide is high or the winds are right. It floods all the time.

"It is an impediment to the base accomplishing its mission," Bouchard said.

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