The Northampton County Board of Supervisors heard a presentation on the County’s flooding resilience Monday evening at their monthly work session.

Fresh off her presentation at Accomack last week, Michelle Covi with Old Dominion University informed the Supervisors we were continuing to see higher tides than in years past, and the storm surge inundation of the seaside’s barrier islands and marshes was also getting worse.

Tanya Cobb then went through Northampton’s resilience score card with the Supervisors. Similar to Accomack, Northampton scored well on several categories including leadership, hazard mitigation, critical transportation infrastructure, budget and funding and providing coastal resilience information to the public.

Also like Accomack, Northampton has areas in need of attention. According to Cobb, Northampton should complete a flood exposure and vulnerability assement that includes maps, catalogue sources of flooding from tidal-driven and rain events and map flooding from different events. Cobb also recommended Northampton provide incentives for private property activities that manage storm water and provide a program for small businesses for emergency preparation and business continuity. Northampton also scored poorly on its water supply situation.

Cobb reported Cape Charles has begun drafting a resiliency plan.

Following Cobb’s presentation, Chairman Spencer Murray questioned certain rules being seemingly applied to localities unevenly.


Murray concluded large metropolitan areas seem to play by a different set of rules than the rural counties. Cobb responded she had no disagreements with Murrays remarks, and she felt these areas were very vulnerable to sea level rise and storm related flooding.