Dike Safety Upgraded with Millions of Square Feet of Fabric

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1981, Vol. 51, Issue 1, Pg. 46-47

Document Type: Feature article


Nonwoven fabrics of two different weights were used in an $80 million dike reconstruction project in southern Florida. Florida Power & Light Company rebuilt the embankment to a cooling water reservoir which had breached in October, 1979, causing flooding. How the drainage system was built and how it works are explored. The installation was designed to prevent water pressure from undermining and weakening the embankment.

Subject Headings: Fabrics | Levees and dikes | Safety | Water pressure | Construction management | Hydro power | Drainage systems | Cooling (wastewater treatment) | Light rail transit | North America | Florida | United States

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