Studies & Reports

Adaptation Response to Recurrent Flooding

Report 1 is part of two reports prepared by The Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC) for the City of Portsmouth to generate knowledge regarding the perceptions and the experiences of citizens relating to recurrent flooding. The General Assembly has directed Hampton Roads localities to incorporate within comprehensive planning processes information about recurrent flooding and sea level rise.

Report Brief: Through a random sampling process, 1978 Portsmouth households were interviewed (roughly 5.4 percent of all Portsmouth households). Respondents were asked to share their experiences with flooding in their neighborhoods specifically and in Portsmouth in general, share how recurrent flooding impacts their household financially, and report how the household has adapted to the flooding. While no personal identifying information was collected, responses have been geocoded to the nearest residential cross street. This geocoded data has allowed the authors of the report to examine the intensity of responses relative to features such as proximity to coastline and flood zone.

Report 2 is part of two reports prepared by VMASC for the City of Portsmouth to generate knowledge relating to both the perceptions and the experiences of citizens relating to recurrent flooding. In particular, Report 2 is intended to provide insights into the storm-related vulnerabilities of Portsmouth citizens, with special attention towards medically fragile populations. 

Report Brief: The analyses contained within this report are derived from a random sampling of 353 Portsmouth households following Hurricane Irene. The data described within this report covers three broad areas: 1) information was gathered on the perceptions and behaviors of these households in anticipation of and in response to the Hurricane Irene event, 2) information was gathered to gauge the vulnerabilities of these households, and 3) information was gathered on the household’s exposure and loss stemming from Hurricane Isabel. The sampled households have been geocoded to the nearest self-reported residential cross street. Derived from this spatial information, this report includes heat maps illustrating the intensity of vulnerability.