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:
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-845-5600 at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.
- 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 email@example.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:
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