Hydraulic Evaluation in New Commercial Development

THE CHALLENGE

As part of the planning process of a project, we believe the water management is crucial. Especially when projects are planned in flooded areas, the projects must have the required analysis by experts in the matter, to make it a feasible project. We analized a land in such state. We received an undeveloped area that was classified as flooded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). However, since FEMA did not performed a detailed study with a floodway delineation in the reach under study, according to the State Regulations, we needed to conduct a detailed study with a floodway delineation. This process is very important for the developers since rescuing as much terrain as possible helps to determine the economic feasibility of developing the project in that site. In this case, the delineation allowed the planners to conceptualize the project out of the floodway, complying with the applicable regulations and protecting property and life after the flood area is rescued by mean of earth fill.

With this analysis, land area was rescued from the flood zone allowing the development take place and making it feasible.

“When projects are planned in flooded areas, the projects must have the required analysis by experts in the matter, to make it a feasible project”

Félix M López