Springfield Strengthening Its Stormwater System

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--It's unlikely that there are any cities designed to handle something like Hurricane Harvey, but Springfield storm engineers are still working to strengthen the city's stormwater system. 

Any new public buildings that go up must be able to withstand a 100-year storm event before getting a building permit.

"We are working on trying to prevent the type of catastrophic event like what happened in Houston from happening in a city like ours," says Springfield Storm Engineer, Julie Hawkins.

Hawkins says the city's plan to strengthen its stormwater system was in place long before Hurricane Harvey hit Texas.

 "That has been in the works for some time even before this Houston flooding issue came about, but it's just highlighting that we're trying to get ahead of addressing some flooding issues before they become bigger issues," says Hawkins. 

Like requiring new buildings to have flood prevention measures in place. 

"We make sure that they're doing some stormwater improvement. Whether that be detention, underground detention or some type of water quality feature. Stormwater is concentrated on concrete areas where if there was grass it would flow at a slower rate," says Hawkins. 

Downtown will also get some relief from flooding with the help of Jordan Creek.

"Right now there are a bunch of flooding issues downtown and in order to alleviate that, they're going to bring Jordan Creek above ground," says Hawkins. 

A level property tax will be on the ballot this fall where the money would be applied to have even more improvement projects to prevent flooding.


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