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Flood Protection for Downtown Norfolk

 
 
Flood Protection for Downtown Norfolk Marker image. Click for full size.
By Laura Troy, November 4, 2007
1. Flood Protection for Downtown Norfolk Marker
Inscription. Tidal flooding from hurricanes and northeasters has always been a part of Norfolk’s relationship with the sea. In 1693, the Royal Society of London reported that “there happened a most violent storm in Virginia, which stopped the course of ancient channels and made some where there never were any.” Hurricanes in 1749 and 1806 formed the Willoughby Spit section of Ocean View, and a hurricane in August 1933 killed 18 people. In March 1962, the City was struck bye the “Ash Wednesday Storm,” a massive, slow-moving northeaster which caused widespread destruction along the entire east coast. By the early 1970’s, permanent flood protection for downtown was constructed.

This storm waster pump station and the adjacent floodwalls protect the low-lying areas of downtown from tidal flooding. Large steel doors at various point allow passage through the wall, but are periodically closed when tidal flooding is anticipated. Beneath City Hall Avenue, which was once a canal, is a large box culvert that collects storm water runoff from the downtown area. The box culvert carries storm water to a “sump” or pit beneath the pump station, where trash and debris are removed before pumping the water into the river.
 
Erected by City of Norfolk.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia, Norfolk Heritage Cannonball Trail marker series.
 
Location. 36° 50.812′ N, 76° 17.627′ W. Marker is in Norfolk, Virginia. Marker is on Boush Street north of W Main Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Norfolk VA 23510, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Cedar (within shouting distance of this marker); Half Moone Fort, 1673 (within shouting distance of this marker); Surveying the Land & Sea (within shouting distance of this marker); Armed Forces Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battleship Wisconsin: Berthed in Norfolk (about 300 feet away); Battleship Wisconsin: A Floating Fortress (about 300 feet away); Battleship Wisconsin: BB-9 and BB-64 (about 300 feet away); Four Farthing or Town Point (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Norfolk.
 
More about this marker. This marker is part of the Norfolk Heritage Cannonball Trail
 
Regarding Flood Protection for Downtown Norfolk. Although this may protect Norfolk from tidal flooding, Norfolk tends to flood whenever there are heavy rains.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,118 times since then and 20 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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