On July 30, 2017, we had a high tide caused by wind from the N/NE. The wind pushed the water about 4.5 feet above mean sea level and unfortunately that is all it takes here in Norfolk, on low-lying streets, to cause flooding. The stretch of road in the video below is Llewellyn Ave. It is known to flood all the time, such frequent flooding that the city has installed "rulers" alongside the road to let you know how deep the water is. Such frequent flooding that the plants in the foreground are wetlands plants.
This was a wetland 100 years ago, was filled in, and now it wants to be - is actually becoming - a wetland again. No wonder when we ask people at public meetings, "How many of you have driven through salt water on the roads in the last year?", most of the hands go up.
The pictures below were taken that same sunny day as I wandered around the city of Norfolk to record the nuisance flooding these events bring. Again, not storms, just wind at the wrong time of the tide cycle...and we get water running onto the street