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The Dip

Detour Time Again at the Low Point on the Arch

Water always seeks the lowest level, and The Dip on Mowbray Arch is embarrassingly low! While it's hardly the only dip on Mowbray Arch, it has to be the worst. Mowbray Arch, perhaps the most iconic residential street in Norfolk with its turn of the twentieth century homes, gets blocked here — effectively divided into two different dead end streets — whenever there's a big rain or an extra-high tide. The spot's been flooded over so much that there's even a permanent mud flat on the bank of The Hague next to it. So why not fill in The Dip? How much would it take to raise that depressed hundred foot section of Mowbray Arch to the level of the street on either side of it? 

Or if that idea is too simple and inexpensive for our city leaders, why not build a bridge over The Dip? Well, technically it would be a viaduct much of the time and only become a true bridge during those high water times, but think about all the added convenience, not to mention all the new love locks that the rails of such a bridge could accommodate.

The Dip (exaggerated here for emphasis):

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Making waves on The Dip:

 

 

One of those not-so-unusual-anymore high tides. Detour time at The Dip again:

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A sign may be needed:

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High-rider hijinks:

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The only way through for pedestrians:

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The Dip, the go-to spot for TV news storys about flooding:

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Proposed new all-weather, all-tides bike lane, cuz Norfolk is now officially "bike curious":

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Hurricane preparedness on The Dip:

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The permanent mud flat. Why not plant it with appropriate vegetation and call it what it is, a wetland?

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The mud flat in drier times:

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Ducks love The Dip:

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Silt flowing into The Hague from The Dip's mud flat:

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Storm off the coast. The Dip becomes navigable — by boats (cars, not as much):

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Storm closer. Crossing The Dip now requires pontoons:

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Only way to go if you don't want to get your feet wet:

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Runners beat the high tide:

 

First Rule of The Dip

Never leave a car parked there:

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Death squawks of a drowning SUV:

 

 

And trying to drive thru it ain't always the smartest thing:

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Oops, this time an EVMS van:

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Braving The Dip — maybe not that brave:

 

 

Taking a stroll. Water? What water?

 

June, 2017, City installs check valve between The Dip and The Hague. This valve is to prevent water in The Hague from flowing backward ithrough the stormwater drain pipes and into The Dip:

 

New check valve complete:

 

Two days later, high tide, and the brand new check valve doesn't work (and has yet to be fixed over a year later):

 

 

 

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