As the U.N. talks about climate in Cancun, coastal Norfolk, VA, is already dealing with rising sea levels.
Norfolk, Virginia is one of the oldest cities in America. It’s a city on the water, at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay.
And if you live in Norfolk, what you see is the water rising. Norfolk’s land base is settling. The seas are getting higher.
The combination has put Norfolk out front in confronting what cities all over the world may face in a century of climate change: water in the streets; big decisions on what to save and where to retreat; and huge costs.
Climate change deniers hate the conversation, but in Norfolk, it’s reality time. We look at getting real about high water, and what’s to come.
Theresa Whibley, Norfolk city councillor representing Ward 2, which contains some of the areas of Norfolk hardest hit by flooding.