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Even when designing drainage improvements in a project with limited easement space, aesthetics remain important to a successful outcome. When the City of Irving tasked Freese and Nichols with making drainage improvements to the Delaware Creek Channel, it was starting to show its age after being originally developed in the 1960s. To resolve the existing and expected flooding, a series of channel improvements were divided into four separate phases and have been under...

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As hurricane season is upon us, our partners throughout the country in the floodplain management sector are exploring ways to increase resiliency. As with many issues in public works, funding is the most substantial challenge to transforming communities. However, traditional municipal bonds don’t have to be the only source of funding for resiliency projects. FEMA recently announced the availability of two new nationwide pre-disaster hazard mitigation grant opportunities that could fund your project. Below is...

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Click here to read part 1 in our series about climate resiliency.

Investments made now to make critical infrastructure more climate resilient have proven to pay off later on.

Several published studies have examined this issue and have estimated that for every $1 a utility spends on pre-disaster mitigation or hardening measures will result in a post-event recovery and replacement savings between $4 and $36. With hurricanes projected...

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The newly created framework that institutes flood planning across the state of Texas requires the development of Regional and State Flood Plans. Two of the primary Guidance Principles for these plans are preservation of life and property, and identification of strategies and projects that will reduce both current and future flooding risks. A key factor in developing Regional and State Flood Plans under this new process will involve adopting the right tools to evaluate potential...

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The City of Fayetteville recognized that fortifying for the future required taking a broad look at resilience. Now, they’re finding solutions for flooding problems stemming from infrastructure systems that weren’t designed for storms that are increasingly severe and happening more often.

The City is spending approximately $10 million over a relatively short period to protect residents, businesses and property by creating a forward-thinking, long-term watershed master plan.

The Spring/Summer issue of...

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On May 8, FEMA released its Preliminary Damage Assessment Guide (PDA Guide), the update to the 2016 Damage Assessment Operations Manual. The purpose of the PDA Guide and its accompanying PDA Pocket Guide is to establish a framework for how emergency management officials, at every level of government, document and validate details of damage following a disaster.

Guidance in the PDA Guide went into effect on June 8 and will...

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The 2020 ASFPM Annual National Conference , originally scheduled to be held in Fort Worth, Texas, has been moved to a virtual format. Although we wish we had been able to welcome you in Cowtown this year, we are looking forward to a great slate of presentations and other engaging content online.

The conference will be held June 9-11. We hope you’ll tune in to one of our presentations, detailed...

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Note: This article was featured in the June 2020 edition of the APWA Reporter. Read the e-edition here.

Farmers Branch Creek, located in a picturesque North Dallas suburb, offers residents waterside views from their private backyards. But when torrential rains caused two 50-year-old private dams on the 7-mile creek to crumble, the shifting water threatened a third dam, a private home and a public sanitary sewer line. The...

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