The City of Tallahassee's Public Works Department's Drainage Operations Unit, in conjunction with Underground Utilities' Stormwater Management, recently received recognition from the Big Bend Branch of the American Public Works Association (APWA) for two flood relief projects. The Shamrock-Edenderry Stormwater Improvement Project was named Environmental -- Stormwater Project of the Year and the Windsong Conveyance Drainage Repair project was named as winner in the beautification category.
The Shamrock-Edenderry project improved public health, safety and welfare by eliminating severe roadway flooding on Shamrock North. It also addressed residential flooding in the Pebble Creek subdivision. A portion of the project required improvements to an undersized outfall ditch. The ditch was retrofitted using "Redi-Rock," which are large, concrete blocks that provide aesthetic appeal. Redi-Rock materials were well suited for this project due to the narrow corridor, limited access and ditch banks that required stabilization.
The work was performed last year by a City Public Works Drainage Operations crew. Although working in tight quarters, there were no injuries, accidents or damage to nearby properties, as safety concerns were routinely addressed by the project foreman.
"Too many times, City workers are not recognized for the quality work they do. I want to make sure this does not happen to the crew responsible for the Pebble Creek Stormwater Project," said Bill Ballou, former president of the Pebble Creek Homeowners Association. "This crew is a credit to the City of Tallahassee. Their efficiency, attention to detail and politeness should be used as a model for all City employees."
The Windsong project involved an upgrade of the drainage system behind businesses on Metropolitan Boulevard. A stormwater open ditch section in the area had eroded over time. This project was designed to repair the erosion occurring at the end of Windsong Drive where the ditch makes a 90-degree turn to the west, with stormwater eventually flowing into the lake at Dorothy B. Oven Park. The ditch collects and conveys stormwater from an area of approximately 30 acres.
Not addressing this erosion would contribute to additional sediment migration downstream and the possibility for the ditch to encroach into private property. During the six-week work period, the eroded area of the ditch was backfilled and compacted, and piping was installed. As a result, a more effective flow of stormwater is now in place, and the overall aesthetic appeal of the drainage facility has been improved.