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In light of recent flooding incidents at dams across the country, dam safety is now on the minds of many Americans. Many dam owners are receiving questions from constituents wondering about their nearby dams.

If your organization owns a dam, here are three questions you should be ready to answer:

  1. Is our dam safe?
  2. If a flood happened here, would our dam withstand it?
  3. What would we do if our dam had an emergency?

If you don’t know the answers, we can help. Here are the best practices we recommend:

  1. Have your dam regularly inspected
  2. ...

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Co-authored by Hector Olmos, P.E., CFM

visualizing levee failures 2D techniquesFreese and Nichols developed an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) for a Levee Improvement District in Fort Bend County, Texas. The purpose of the EAP is to outline the actions that need to be implemented before, during and after a breach of the levee. In order to better define the actions that need to take place after a breach of the levee, our team developed a hydraulic model of the...

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Freese and Nichols’ Houston office hosted a tabletop exercise for the Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 2 (LID#2) on Friday, Sept. 26. Rita Anderson, Water Resources Design, Houston, facilitated the exercise, which was attended by representatives of the District’s operations contractor, StormWater Solutions; the District’s Engineer of Record, Costello Engineering; and the District’s General Manager, Mike...

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September is National Preparedness Month. This is the third in a series of Ebb and Flow articles encouraging awareness across the state this month.

Many of us recall the state dam safety regulations related to Emergency Action Plans (EAPs) that were passed a few years ago. You may also recall that EAPs must be reviewed annually, and the plan must be updated as necessary. It is recommended to have exercises each year to keep all parties familiar with the plan. Tabletop exercises must also be conducted at least once every five years and include the dam owner, state and local...

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