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Richmond Local Flood Protection

 
 
Richmond Local Flood Protection Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 25, 2009
1. Richmond Local Flood Protection Marker
Inscription. Richmond Virginia is located at the fall line of the James River in Eastern Virginia. Its specific location makes the area vulnerable to all floods originating in the 6,760 square miles of drainage area upstream. Flooding in the cityís two business districts, Shockoe Valley on the north bank and Manchester in the southside, has resulted in serious and extended business losses to commercial and industrial activities, disruption of rail and highway transportation, and prolonged interruption of public utility operations. The Richmond Floodwall, dedicated on October 21, 1994, protects 750 acres of flood prone land.

Floodwall Facts

Northside
Protected area – 150 acres
Overall length – 4,277 linear feet
140 linear feet of sand bag levee up to 7 feet high
3,947 linear feet of concrete wall, 4 to 30 feet high
2 railroad closures
5 roadway closures
1 railroad/roadway closure
1 pedestrian overlook and parking lot
1 pump station – 75,000 gallons per minute
4 pedestrian closure sites
Materials used – 22,000 cubic yards of concrete
1,050 tons of reinforcing steel
55,000 linear feet of steel piles

Southside
Protected area – 600 acres
Overall length – 13,2046 linear feet
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Richmond High Water Marks image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 25, 2009
2. Richmond High Water Marks
(top to bottom) Historical 1771; Agnes 1972; Juan 1985; Camille 1969
linear feet of sand bag levee up to 7 feet high
7,170 linear feet of earthen levee 4 to 30 feet high
1,887 linear feet of bin wall/levee 16 to 26 feet high
3,566 linear feet of concrete wall up to 50 feet high
4 railroad closures
1 roadway closures
1 railroad/roadway closure
Pedestrian walkway – 5,655 linear feet including: 3 pedestrian bridges, 2 overlooks, and 2 parking lots
2 pump station – 4,400 and 28,000 gallons per minute
Materials used – 26,000 cubic yards of concrete
950 tons of reinforcing steel
50,000 linear feet of steel piles
630,000 cubic yards of earth fill

The Richmond Floodwall was the first project of its kind built under the cost-sharing provision of the Water Resources Development Act of 1986, in partnership between many talented employees of the US Army Corps of Engineers Norfolk District and the City of Richmond
 
Erected by US Army Corps of Engineers, City of Richmond.
 
Location. 37° 31.931′ N, 77° 25.786′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Dock Street and South 17th Street, on the right when traveling east on Dock Street. Touch for map. This marker is on the Richmond Riverfront Canal Walk. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Canal Walk / Historic Canals (a few steps from this marker); Chesapeake & Ohio Railway (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Triple Crossing (about 500 feet away); Kanawha Canal (about 600 feet away); Auction Houses (about 700 feet away); Shockoe Slip (approx. 0.2 miles away); Early Shockoe (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bell Tavern (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
More about this marker. In the center of the marker is a map of the James River and the Richmond Floodwall.
 
Also see . . .  Richmondís Historic Canal Walk. Venture Richmond (Submitted on November 1, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 1, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,748 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 1, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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