Tag: flood damage

Flooding may occur as an overflow of water from water bodies, such as a river or lake, in which the water overtops or breaks levees, resulting in some of that water escaping its usual boundaries, or it may occur due to an accumulation of rainwater on saturated ground in an areal flood. While the size of a lake or other body of water will vary with seasonal changes in precipitation and snow melt, these changes in size are unlikely to be considered significant unless they flood property or drown domestic animals.

Elements of Critical Power Systems and Their Management

Elements of Critical Power Systems and Their Management

A single power interruption can cripple a healthy company, says Bhavesh Patel, director of marketing of Emerson’s ASCO Power business. “Not having adequate onsite power can be the ‘Achilles heel’ of a business, but the controls for operating, monitoring, diagnosing, and producing a variety of mandatory reports on these power

Reader Profile: Ken MacKenzie

Reader Profile: Ken MacKenzie

It was beer that led Ken MacKenzie, P.E., CFM, to his job as master planning manager for the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District (UDFCD) in Denver, CO. Years ago, he became proficient in home-brewing beer, fascinated by its biological, chemical, and physical processes. In his ongoing efforts for better

Keeping the Plant Running

Keeping the Plant Running

Disasters such as Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Katrina have taught water utilities that emergency planning and well-maintained backup systems are critical to limiting the devastating impact of plant failures. But what are the components of a good plan andmaintenance program? We posed that question to water system managers who survived

Stabilizing Hillsides and Creek Bottoms

Stabilizing Hillsides and Creek Bottoms

The rolling landscape of Scott County, MN, is rural but not particularly remote. “That area is farm country, and the Minnesota River goes through the entire area. On the top of the bluffs it’s farmland, but at the river, the elevation drops about 200 feet in 800 feet,” says Paul

Spillway Flood Control

Spillway Flood Control

Michigan Spillway Flood Control Project
Vast amounts of moisture—both heavy snow and rainfall—have been falling on the flat, rural Red River basin in North Dakota and Minnesota for the past 25 years, says Ben Varnson, chairman of the Nelson County Water Resource District in North Dakota.

Ten inches of rain can fall

“Do You Want the Chargers—Or the Roads?”

“Do You Want the Chargers—Or the Roads?”

It’s a problem many cities, maybe all cities, face at some point, and it’s hitting San Diego in a big way this rainy season. The money it needs to spend to keep its drainage channels clear and prevent flooding exceeds the money that it’s allotted for the task, and remedying

On the Loose

On the Loose

As Texas braces for more storms and possible flooding this week, floods in another part of the world on Sunday sparked a minor storm on the Internet.

In Tbilisi, Georgia, severe flood damage allowed animals to escape from the local zoo. Photos and video looking like special effects footage from a futuristic movie—anyone remember

Pipes, Culverts, and Detention Systems

Pipes, Culverts, and Detention Systems

When it comes to managing stormwater runoff, concrete, corrugated steel, and plastic pipes all have their place. The following three projects highlight the opportunities of using pipe for both conveying runoff and detaining it.

Flood Watch: Predicting the Storm

Flood Watch: Predicting the Storm

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in Stormwater Magazine, January/February 2005 issue. With the recent flooding events in Texas, we realized this topic is extremely timely and important for storm control professionals, and the general population. In the coming days, we will be publishing additional stories from our archives relevant to

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