Nov 16, 2020

North Carolina Town to Create Storm Water Plan

Emerald Isle, North Carolina's recent flooding events have highlighted the need to address storm water drainage issues 

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Emerald Isle Commissioners authorized Town Manager Matt Zapp to negotiate a contract with engineering firm Moffatt & Nichol to develop a comprehensive storm water management plan.

The 5-0 vote came during the board’s monthly webinar meeting, reported the Coastal Review Online.

Zapp recommended Moffat & Nichol to Emerald Isle, North Carolina commissioners after reading proposals from the company and six others that responded to the town’s request for proposals to develop a storm water plan.

The town’s request for proposals emphasized that recent flooding events have highlighted the need to address storm water drainage issues on a town-wide basis, reported the Coastal Review Online.

According to the request for proposal, the company is expected to: 

  • Evaluate existing storm water runoff conditions; 
  • Evaluate existing system capacity; 
  • Identify areas with frequent flooding; 
  • Evaluate existing capacity of storm water infrastructure, pumping stations and identify additional capacity needs; 
  • Identify capital storm water improvements to reduce flooding risk, reduce damage to public and private property and improve access and safety; 
  • Quantify the capital and ongoing maintenance costs for implementing the storm water infrastructure projects; and
  • Identify permitting pathways to implement storm water system improvements; and prioritize storm water system improvements.

Currently, the town already has an extensive storm water drainage system for the flood-prone Coast Guard Road corridor and there are private systems in some developments. 

According to town Planning Director Josh Edmondson, too much flooding occurs even after thunderstorms, not just tropical storms and hurricanes, reported the Coastal Review Online.

Without a plan and some tougher storm water rules, the town would likely see more flooding from smaller storms in the future.

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