Drainage Investigation and Flood Analysis Projects

 

 

Whitwell Avenue Area Watershed – Identifying Mitigation Measures

The drainage watershed that encompasses Whitwell Avenue and the surrounding neighborhoods has been experiencing an increase in street flood events during rain events of high intensity. The storm drainage system in the area discharges into the Moat at Ellery Road.

The City is conducting a drainage investigation and flood analysis for the Whitwell Avenue and surrounding neighborhood area to identify the causes and to develop short- and long-term mitigation measures. The investigation will consider observations made during recent street flooding events and trends in extreme precipitation events.

In order to identify mitigation measures that will best address the concerns of residents in these neighborhoods, the City requests your input and support:

  1. Please attend the first public informational meeting for this project that will be held on June 1, 2016 at the Pell Elementary School, 35 Dexter St, in the cafetorium at 6:30 PM. The Pell Elementary School and the cafetorium are ADA accessible. If you need any special accommodations in order to participate in this meeting please contact, Julia Forgue, Director of Utilities at jforgue@cityofnewport.com or 401-845-5600 at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.
  2. Please assist the City’s Engineer for the project, Fuss & O’Neill, with photos you have of past flooding events. Along with the photos please provide the date and time the photo was taken and the photo’s location (address or intersection it was taken from). This information will be helpful to us in developing and calibrating the model we will be using to evaluate alternatives. This information can be sent to City via email to jrichardson@cityofnewport.com .

 

Wellington Avenue and Bridge Street

When the neighborhoods along Wellington Avenue and Bridge Street were first developed hundreds of years ago, their locations close to Newport Harbor were seen as a benefit. As time progressed more homes and businesses were established and the City installed storm drainage infrastructure in these neighborhoods and throughout the City. The investments in storm drainage infrastructure have served the City well for decades, and in many areas still provide adequate storm drainage even during the largest and most intense precipitation events. Recently, the Wellington Avenue and Bridge Street neighborhoods have experienced what is perceived to be more frequent and more severe street flooding events.

The City is conducting a drainage investigation and flood analysis for these two locations to identify the causes and to develop short- and long-term mitigation measures. The investigation will consider observations made during recent street flooding events and trends in sea level, tidal cycles, and extreme precipitation events.

In order to identify mitigation measures that will best address the concerns of residents in these neighborhoods, the City requests your input and support.

You can also view maps of the study areas below:

Bridge St.-Study Area

Wellingtion Ave. Study Area


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Wellington Avenue and Bridge Street Project Website

Learn more about the purpose, background and other information regarding this project as well as how you can provide information to the study. Click here to view the Project Website.
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Field Work Study September 1, 2015

Field work studies will be occurring on Bridge Street and Wellington Avenue on September 1, 2015. Learn more about the planned field inspection schedule by clicking the title above.
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Public Informational Meeting December 15

Public Informational Meeting #3 – December 15, 2015
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Photos of Past Flooding Events

Please provide the City’s Engineer for the project, CH2M, with photos you have of past flooding events. Along with the photos please provide the date and time the photo was…

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  • cbschilder

    good presentation this past Sept 2015 week. I asked about 1. the quality of storm sewers in the Wellington (and Point) sections as my storm drain is collapsed under the street at the North West corner drain. how many are functioning correctly??? 2. repairs are needed to the “sea wall” along King Park and a barricade at the beach access by the pavilion for high tide and storm events. 3. need to prohibit piling of snow in the park along Clinton and Marchant since the melting snow will add to the flooding issue 4. Need automatic approval or exemption from Zoning Board for anyone wanting to spend the money to increase the height of their house from the flood levels, not make owners wait 8 months until it was their turn to get an approval.