The flooding problem is a problem because City of Memphis Construction Code, Planning Department, Land Use Control, and City Engineering allow projects to go forward without regard to storm water management. Allowing land to be paved (Overton Square parking lot on Trimble) so it could be considered existing condition and not require detention for all the impervious space is what is driving the flooding. I want to see the Loeb project the19 million is skin in the game. How much detention is needed is the responsibility of City of Memphis Engineering. We pay them with our Storm Water fee to solve this issue. Solve it!
It was good turnout at Snowden. Midtown needs several areas of detention to slow and contain the storm water in heavy rain events. Engineering has a big challenge to to find the areas and start the work.
Lots of parking lots and new buildings with big roofs have added to the run off problem. Midtown needs on site detention i.e. green roofs, rain gardens, and bioswales for detention. Hopefully the new storm water manual will address these requirements.
By Leonard Gill
download this issue
click here to see more »