floods

  • Massive Dam Funding Program Proposed in Senate Bill

    Massive Dam Funding Program Proposed in Senate Bill

    August 3, 2016

    By James R. Hegarty, PE Senate Bill 2848: The Water Resources Development Act of 2016 was introduced by Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) in June 2016, and is awaiting passage by the Senate. This is the most significant dam funding proposal in my memory. If the amendment passes, it will provide up to $60 million annually […]

  • P&N’s York Creek Drainage Design in Action!

    P&N’s York Creek Drainage Design in Action!

    June 23, 2014

    A few years ago, Prein&Newhof helped Plainfield Township, Alpine Township and the Kent County Drain Commissioner address a serious flooding problem at York Creek along Four Mile Road. In general, pervious areas were declining in the watershed. York Creek’s flow is very flashy (responds very quickly to rainfall) because it drains a large, densely developed […]

  • What will happen when all this snow melts?

    What will happen when all this snow melts?

    February 18, 2014

    By Jim Hegarty, P.E. I just returned from a warm vacation, and whenever I’m away, I always wonder what’s going on at home. This time, I wondered how much more snow could pile up in my driveway. Answer: six inches! As I look out my office window right now, it’s still snowing. I’m already dreaming […]

  • Michigan disaster areas can get 75% grants to fix, prevent flood damages

    Michigan disaster areas can get 75% grants to fix, prevent flood damages

    July 2, 2013

    Communities in the Michigan counties of Allegan, Barry, Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Ionia, Kent, Keweenaw, Marquette, Midland, Muskegon, Newaygo, Ontonagon, Osceola, Ottawa and Saginaw are eligible for up to 75% grants from FEMA to fix flood damages or  mitigate the potential for damages in future floods. P&N has helped several clients build new bridges, perform structure […]

  • Musings on 100-Year Floods: From the Waterlogged Mind of a Civil Engineer

    Musings on 100-Year Floods: From the Waterlogged Mind of a Civil Engineer

    May 30, 2013

    By Jim Hegarty, P.E. Unlike many Grand Rapidians, I missed the worst of Grand Rapids’ Great Flood of 2013. I was in Clearwater, Florida, reading the national news about our flood from the safety of my beach chair. Being in a relaxed and contemplative state, I began to ruminate about “our” flood in terms as […]