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Oakey Meadows Storm Drain System

Las Vegas, NV

Storm drain system designed to cope with flash floods.

Topics Covered

Stormwater Management
Law Enforcement and Emergency Response

Cost

Initial: 613 Thousand USD

Funding

General Fund/Existing Public Funds

Project Status

Operational since 2016

Problem Addressed

Typically thought of as a hot and dry region, the colorful desert surrounding the City of Las Vegas actually experiences some of the most intense rainfall and flash flooding in the Western U.S., especially during the monsoon months of July through September.

These brief but powerful thunderstorms can strike at random, creating a sudden onslaught of water that can damage property and envelop vehicles caught in the storm’s path. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than half of fatalities attributed to flash floods are people swept away in vehicles crossing flooded intersections.

Solutions Used

To reduce the risk of flash flooding in downtown Las Vegas, Atkins provided engineering design services for a 5-mile storm drain system serving the city’s central regions. For more information visit: www.atkinsglobal.com/en-GB/projects/oakey-meadows-storm-drai

Outcomes

1

Enhanced flood protection for buildings and street intersections, in particular the flood-prone intersections along Decatur Boulevard

Something Unique

Due to the magnitude of construction, the project was split into four phases to divide the construction up into manageable sections.

Who Should Consider

Other urban communities dealing with flash flooding.

Last Updated

Jul 22nd, 2016
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