American Society of Civil Engineers

Relief of an Urban Storm Drainage System

by Walter Skipwith, (Albert H. Halff Associates, Inc, Dallas, United States), Richard Westsmith, (Albert H. Halff Associates, Inc, Dallas, United States), and Tommie McPherson, (Albert H. Halff Associates, Inc, Dallas, United States)

pp. 339-345

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Hydraulic Engineering
Abstract: The Peaks Branch storm sewer system was designed in the 1930s to drain 5.7 square miles of East Dallas. Subsequently, development blocked the emergency overflow paths and many areas are subject to flooding due to overland flow accumulation and storm sewer surcharge. The relief of the storm sewer was recommended in a 1976 flood plain management report. Channel improvements were undertaken in 1982. In 1983 a diversion conduit was designed and constructed in 1988. Currently, additional diversion and relief is being considered. This paper describes the flooding problems, study techniques, solutions and construction of the Peaks Branch drainage system improvement since 1930.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Urban areas
Storm sewers
Channel stabilization
Diversion structures

Author Keywords:
Floods - Inland Waterways--Improvement - Municipal Engineering--Dallas, TX
Overland Flow - Peaks Branch Drainage System - Storm Sewer Surcharge - Urban Storm Drainage