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Army Corps, Norfolk teaming up on flood-risk study

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — One of Virginia’s most vulnerable localities to rising seas is teaming up with the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a flood risk management study.

The Corps and the city of Norfolk are scheduled Wednesday, Feb 2, to ink the deal for the $3 million study. The two will split the costs. The end product of the study will include recommendations for addressing flooding in a city that is home to the world’s largest naval base.

Norfolk and other coastal areas are particularly threatened by rising seas because the region is also subject to sinking land. As a result, flooding is a common event in Norfolk and other coastal areas during steady rains and storm surges.

The expected completion date of the study is February 2019.

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