NORFOLK – A local economist says climate changes will have a huge impact on the region in the coming years.
Experts say water levels in Hampton Roads in the last 100 years rose more than a foot while the land sank three or four inches.
Climatologists say Norfolk is on the front lines of climate change.
"It’s definitely true that sea levels are rising and it’s definitely true that it’s getting warmer, whether you believe it’s man-made or whether you believe it’s going to continue. So we do see the sea ice melting, so that’s going to contribute to the water rising," said 13News Meteorologist Julie Wilcox.
Wilcox says tidal flooding from a nor’easter 20 years ago was about two feet. Today, it’s about three feet.