Virginia Pilot Online – Norfolk drivers have become attuned to the street-by-street nuances of navigating flooding. Now they’ll be the first to test a more precise way to maneuver around floodwaters, based not on local smarts but real-time data.
On Monday, the city launched the integration of locally developed technology with the navigation app Waze. It will offer real-time alerts about flooded roads.
Waze is piloting the program with Norfolk. The forecasting technology comes from FloodMapp, a climate tech company funded by RISE Resilience Innovations, the Norfolk-based nonprofit that doles out money and resources to find solutions to environmental challenges.