Numerous communities have older, highly developed areas built along streams, rivers and undersized storm drain systems where frequent flooding is a problem. Extensive buyouts to restore floodplain in these heavily developed areas are not a viable option, and neither are capital improvements to enlarge the system to convey the 100-year storm without flooding. This presentation will explore a broad range of community flooding issues, from understanding urban hydrology, evaluating the challenge of implementing traditional solutions, and examining potential solutions. It will also examine the planning process for addressing what may appear to be “unsolvable” flooding, as well as strategies for making flood mitigation a positive community objective and not just necessary evil to be endured.
Steven E. Eubanks PE, PMP, CFM
Steven Eubanks Engineering, LLC