NO WAY OUT
One of the more dangerous issues the residents face when it floods is the entrapment of Fontaine Avenue. Thirty-four homes in the West Ventosa subdivision are linked to the rest of the neighborhood by just one street — only one entrance and exit — and when the waters rise out of the river, that street gets cut off. In bad storms or strong northeasters there is no way for residents beyond that street to leave, or for any help to get in should there be an emergency.
A SOLUTION ON THE HORIZON
Recognizing that the problem will only worsen as sea levels rise, the Ingleside Community began to discuss their options for mitigating the flooding. In addition to their many other amenities the neighborhood also boasts an active Civic League, dedicated to the best interests of the neighborhood and her residents.
Southall serves as the Recording Secretary for the Ingleside Civic League. According to her, while the residents were ready for a change, the neighborhood wasn’t quite sure where to start.
Fortunately for Ingleside, just as they were discussing how to address the flooding from a neighborhood level, two environmental non-profits were developing a project designed for just that.
“We really didn't know what we could do about the flooding from a community perspective because the issue seemed so large,” Southall said. “We didn't have the knowledge or resources to help ourselves.”
With this project Wetlands Watch and the Elizabeth River Project were hoping to combine their goals of mitigating coastal flooding and improving the quality of the water in the Elizabeth River watershed with the talents of the students at University of Virginia to solve Ingleside’s unique problems. The hope was that by collaborating on a local level they could build a resilient coastal city one neighborhood at a time.
Produced by Virginia Sea Grant science communications interns Sarah Ruiz, Daniel Diaz-Etchevehere, and Jessica Taylor,
and directed by Ian Vorster, Virginia Sea Grant communications director.
Written by Sarah Ruiz
Filming by Danny Diaz-Etchevehere, Jessica Taylor, Dennis Quigley, and Ian Vorster
Video production by Danny Diaz-Etchevehere and Jessica Taylor
Photography by Jessica Taylor
Animation by Sarah Ruiz
Voiceover by Sarah Ruiz
Edited by Ian Vorster, VASG Communications Director
Website design by Howell Creative Group
Phoebe Crisman – Ingleside Report
John Ehlers – Drone footage
Elizabeth River Project
Chris Free, City of Norfolk – Flooding footage
NOAA Sea Level Rise Viewer
Additional flooding images courtesy of: Charles Gore, Ed Guyton, Barbara and Timothy Murray, Ben and Kate Nielson, Brian WierzbickiSpecial thanks to:
Charles and Sylvia Gore
Ben and Kate Nielson