Many of our nations communities were established around rivers and streams. Despite being a great location for a community water source and also for commerce, the location naturally was problematic for flooding. Fast forward to the 20th century and the USACE creates a large number of flood protection structures of levees, walls and channels around the communities. These systems have served their purpose on countless occasions.
But despite being a great success and also having a great deal of planning and engineering, every system will have issues. Over the last 10-15 years, the massive hurricane and storm issues such as Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Katrina occurred in several areas of the Eastern U.S. FEMA’s response efforts and follow-up studies revealed the need for additional assessments of these flood protection systems. Called the FEMA Levee Certification Flood Protection Program (FPP), the additional assessments began with major municipalities such as Louisville, St. Louis and other major river cities. This followed with smaller cities. CSI and our teaming partners have worked together to pursue opportunities for this program.
CSI continues to team with our partner firms to provide services for the FPP. To date, we have successfully completed projects for 6 municipalities: Ceredo, WVA, Kenova, WVA, Ashland, KY, Barbourville, KY, Williamsburg, KY and Catlettsburg, KY. We are also currently working on FPP projects in Harlan and Pineville, KY.
CSI has also performed geotechnical explorations for community projects that impact the local FPP levee systems. These include projects in Covington, Newport and Dayton, KY.
CSI’s services include geotechnical drilling, soils laboratory testing, analysis and providing final reports as part of the packet our team presents to the local municipality.
Lab testing includes: full classifications, proctors, unit weights, one-dimensional consolidation testing, consolidated-undrained triaxial testing and permeability testing. Our engineering analysis includes USACE guidelines for a full seepage analysis, settlement analysis, liquefaction study and a full slope stability study.