Flooding & Flood Safety

The City of Hampton's low-lying geographic location, with many waterways, make much of the city extremely susceptible to flooding.

There are two types of areas affected by flooding:

  • The floodplain: This is the area mapped by the federal government - FEMA - identifying areas most likely to flood during intense rain - which may or may not be accompanied by tidal surges. It also determines whether you need flood insurance.
  • Surge flooding. This area is affected when a hurricane, tropical storm or nor-easter cause persistent high winds and changes in air pressure that push water toward the shore in a storm surge. When this occurs at high tide and/or in combination with heavy rains, it can affect larger areas. Most of Hampton is in a surge zone. The surge zone map shows areas that could affected according to the strength of a hurricane (Category 1, 2, etc.) and is used as a guide for determining evacuations.

Floodplain information

For floodplain information please call the City’s 311 Customer Call Center at 757-727-8311.  Your request will be directed to the Development Services Office.  Flood information is also available at the Development Services Office, 3rd floor, City Hall, 22 Lincoln Street or call 757-728-2444.  
 
For information about the FEMA home elevation program or other cost-share opportunities, call the City’s 311 Customer Call Center at 757-727-8311 or call the Office of Emergency Management at 757-727-1208. 
 
To know your flood risk, understand flood maps, locate an insurance agent in your area, or if you need basic flood policy information contact FloodSmart, the official site of the National Flood Insurance Program, at www.FloodSmart.gov or call 1-888-379-9531.

Tide gauges

 
Hampton and the U.S. Geological Survey have four tide gauges on line to monitor water levels in the region: 

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