"Weir" Here to Fix Your Flooding!

Matthew Richardson, PE, Project Manager, City of Virginia Beach

Rachel Friend, PE, CSM, Project Manager, RK&K

Bonnie Zuidema, PE, Project Engineer, RK&K

Taylor Adams, EIT, CBLP, Associate Engineer, RK&K

The Lake Bradford / Chubb Lake Drainage Improvement Plan is a multi-phase engineering project to alleviate widespread flooding due to moderate rain events and during periods of high tides in the Chesapeake Bay. The Little Creek Basin, located in the City of Virginia Beach, Virginia, consists of both residential and commercial areas, along with the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek – Fort Story (JEB LCFS).

Neighborhoods and businesses throughout the drainage basin experience significant flooding, along with several vital roadways, including Northampton Blvd., Shore Dr., and Pleasure House Rd. These roadways are crucial pathways for people who live and work in this area, as well as for military staff commuting to and from JEB LCFS.

Conveyance systems throughout the basin interconnect five major lakes and ponds located within the program area.  These interconnected systems discharge to Lake Bradford. The water level of Lake Bradford is controlled by a weir gate, located in a channel leaving JEB LCFS. This location is the official outfall for the program area.

Due to the connectivity of the stormwater conveyance system, improvements must be strategically implemented throughout the program area to ensure proposed improvements will not cause additional flooding downstream. Various potential solution types have been evaluated using a comprehensive model to mitigate flooding and to analyze the impacts of sea level rise. Improvements include the addition of stormwater pumping stations, tide gates, culverts, stormwater management, channel improvements, and additional storm drains.

This presentation will discuss the project background, reasons for flooding, and potential solutions for flood mitigation throughout the program area.


Author Bio

Matthew Richardson is a professional engineer licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia and a Project Manager for the City of Virginia Beach, Department of Public Works, for stormwater improvement projects.

Rachel Friend is a professional engineer licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia, an APWA Certified Stormwater Manager, and a Project Manager for RK&K. She specializes in stormwater master planning and has provided drainage analysis and design services for several projects in areas that are subject to both tidal and precipitation flooding.

Bonnie Zuidema is also a professional engineer licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is a Project Engineer at RK&K. Her primary focus is drainage system and BMP design, including H/H modeling.

Taylor Adams is an engineer-in-training and as well as a Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional. She specializes in H/H modeling, drainage system design, BMP design, and preparation of cost estimates and construction documents.