Kitty Hawk to build pumping station for flood water

By on August 27, 2013

Floodwater  being pumped to the access just south of Kitty Hawk Road after Hurricane Sandy. (Courtesy of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, Western Carolina University)

Floodwater being pumped to the access just south of Kitty Hawk Road after Hurricane Sandy. (Courtesy of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, Western Carolina University)

Kitty Hawk is getting closer to its first step toward a more permanent solution to flooding between the highways that has spread as far as U.S. 158 during major storms.

The Town Council could select a contractor next week to install a system to collect water at Hawks Street with plans to start construction by the middle of next month, Town Manager John Stockton said in his August newsletter.

Earlier this month, the council approved a contract with Albemarle and Associates to design the system, which will collect water from ocean overwash into a sump basin and pipe it to a pump connection on the east side of N.C 12.

“This will allow the Town Public Works Department to begin pumping storm water back in to the ocean as soon as a storm subsides and the pumping station is safely accessible,” Stockton said.

“The Town would not have to wait for the Division of Water Quality to issue a permit to begin pumping the storm water as we have had to do in the past.”

As Hurricane Sandy passed last October, the town had bring in a portable pump after the water had receded enough for crews to get in.

Click for a larger view. (Dare County GIS image)

Click for a larger view. (Dare County GIS image)

The idea of starting out by trying a permanent pumping station came last month after the council was given an overview by John DeLucia of Albemarle and Associates of what it would take to put in four outfalls along the oceanfront.

Kitty Hawk leaders are in the early stages of looking at options for one or more special tax districts to fund what it is calling a storm damage reduction plan.

The town has tentatively divided the town into three districts for research purposes. One encompasses houses and business between U.S. 158 and N.C. 12 and around the bend to Walmart. Most are east of the U.S. 158, but it also includes some flood-prone property on the west side.

A second includes west-side neighborhoods closer to the shoreline and oriented toward the ocean. The third is the rest of the town.

Possibilities include the outfalls, which would cost $1.5 million to $2.1 million each, and beach nourishment. Collection systems would channel water to the outfalls.

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