Civil Engineering

The City of Opa-Locka has been experiencing severe flooding throughout its residential and commercial business districts. This was due, in part, to the geographic location of the City that was developed on a flood plain. Several factors have contributed to the flooding of the City’s low-lying areas, including no adequate plan of action to manage surface water runoff in the area, no regularly scheduled canal cleanup plan with a specific preventive maintenance schedule and lack of coordination to develop realistic timetables to complete all projects related to flood protection. This project was funded by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), and the funds are administered by the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD).The objective of this project was to develop a uniform strategic action Master Plan that is comprehensive in scope that addresses all areas related to and affected by the natural environment water hydration of the land and its adverse impact upon existing residential and business environment. The City of Opa-Locka contracted Post, Buckley, Schuh & Jernigan (PBS&J) to provide professional services needed to fulfill the project requirements. EBS Engineering, Inc. (EBS) as subcontractor to PBS&J was responsible for providing the following services

Inventory of City Surface Water, Canal and Drainage System:
EBS performed data collection for the project, including location of all stormwater structures using GPS, identifying pipe size and material, flood prone areas, maps, and all available information (reports, permits, master plans, permits and studies) at state and local agencies. We also reviewed, entered and provided the data in GIS database format

Data Analysis, Design and Preparation of Report:
Utilizing existing land use and flood plain maps, EBS assisted PBS&J with prioritizing problem areas, modeling and preparation of report including CADD drawings

Water Quality Analysis:
EBS collected existing water quality data from regulatory agencies and municipalities, drew up inventory of pollution sources and permits, and obtained five dry weather grab samples for laboratory analysis. We also reviewed and analyzed all the available data, and prepared a summary of our findings

Master Canal and City-Wide System Drainage Cleanup and Maintenance Plan:
EBS prepared a Master canal cleanup and maintenance plan report for scheduled maintenance of the canal segments within the City of Opa-Locka; and a City-wide system operation and maintenance (O&M) plan report with GIS database for quick review and update on daily basis