Catastrophic storm plug for Crab Creek outfall prevented widespread tidal flooding in Ocean Park.

Thanks to Dave Hansen, Assistant City Manager, Phil Koetter & Mike Mundy of Public Works and others for installing the inflatable catastrophic storm plug at the Crab Creek outfall in Ocean Park. It worked!

During past storms Isabel, Nor’Ida and Irene, there was widespread tidal flooding in the Ocean Park area that is on this system. It is not connected to the pump station which protects the Pleasure House Point side of Ocean Park. The area this outfall covers is roughly Salty C’s east to the Lesner Bridge, down Dinwiddie Road past Ocean Park Baptist Church, north on East Stratford Road over to Tazewell into Crab Creek.

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With this much damage at the beloved Lynnhaven Boat Ramp & Beach Facility, there would have again been feet of water on the roads thanks to the tidal surge through the Crab Creek outfall.

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This was roughly the worst it got thanks to the installation and use of the plug.

20121030-122840.jpgThis was roughly the worst it got. In previous storms, like Nor ‘Ida, there was feet of water in Croakers.

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This is how it looked for most of Sandy. In previous storms, feet of tidal water were here.

Conclusion?

This inflatable plug in Crab Creek outfall worked!

It’s possible that since this experiment worked here, it might be able to work elsewhere.

Obviously, this might not work everywhere – but certainly, there are many smart people who can come up with creative solutions that could stop tidal flooding in other areas.

Thanks again to Dave Hansen, Assistant City Manager, Phil Koetter & Mike Mundy of Public Works and others for installing the inflatable catastrophic storm plug at the Crab Creek outfall in Ocean Park.

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How did Crab Creek get this inflatable plug?

During Irene last year, I raised holy hell in Facebook as the tide surged through the storm drains.

Mr. Hansen and some Public Works storm water engineers came out during Irene. After several meetings with many people over weeks including countless emails, our recommendations to install and use this plug were approved.

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