When a Freese and Nichols Southeast Division team replaced the Jones Creek Spillway, west of Houston, they designed and built it to withstand an extreme scenario. But they probably didn't expect such an event to happen so soon.
On May 11, four days after completion, the Spillway was tested by a storm just under the 100-year storm event: a flood that resulted in headwaters only one foot below the design elevation. The project passed the test, and the team was pleased to see it operate as intended.
The design included installation of flood gauges on the upstream side of the...
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