The phrase "nuisance flooding" has become familiar to Hampton Roads residents. An extremely high tide, a storm out at sea or unfortunate timing on a rainstorm can send local commuters to side streets, looking for alternative routes to work or home.

But what happens when nuisance becomes routine? A group of Old Dominion University researchers and student volunteers will use washable blue paint to demonstrate estimates that show tidal flooding becoming much more than a nuisance.

The Blue Line Project is a collaboration between ODU, the City of Norfolk and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), supported by the Commonwealth Center for Recurrent Flooding Resiliency (CCRFR) and the University's Institute for Coastal Adaptation and Resilience (ICAR).

Project Website: ODU Blue Line Project, Norfolk, VA



Photos of the Blue Line Project, Old Dominion University


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