The City of Norfolk is bordered by multiple bodies of water and has over 200 miles of riverfront and bayfront property, including beaches along the Chesapeake Bay. Like other low-lying coastal areas, Norfolk’s elevation and its proximity to natural waterways make it susceptible to flooding, especially during periods of heavy rain, hurricanes or nor’easters. During these events, properties throughout the city are threatened by precipitation flooding and those near natural waterways have increased risk due to tidal inundation and wind-driven flooding.

The city encourages all residents to be aware of their flood risk and take necessary precautions to help protect life and property, both short-term and long-term.

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Flooding Basics

Find your flood risk, maps, storm and evacuation information (Know Your Zone), homeowner roles and more.

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Protect Your Property

Discover flood insurance options, flood zones, repetitive loss and mitigation assistance.

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What is the City Doing?

See how the city is tackling flooding including strategies, studies and partnerships.