With the development of land comes an increase in pavement, rooftops and other surfaces that are impervious to rain. This increases the amount of stormwater runoff to the natural drainage ways, causing them to overflow and flood developments along the banks. This flooding can be categorized as nuisance flooding, emergency flooding, or structural flooding. In other cases, development has occurred in low-lying areas where adequate natural drainage ways never existed. In coastal counties, the combination of low–lying areas and tidally influenced drainage ways cause major flooding when high tides do not allow stormwater to outfall. EMC provides professional surveyors, environmental specialists, engineers, and construction managers to alleviate these flooding problems.
Water Resources Engineering Services at EMC are provided to analyze the causes of stormwater flooding and develop construction documents that reduce or alleviate it. This process includes a variety of services, from the collection of historical flooding data through the detailed design of improvements. EMC has provided these services for drainage basins with open ditches and canals, piping and culvert systems, detention basins, and stormwater pump stations. Our clientele includes municipalities, countries, state and federal agencies, private developers, architects, and industries. Providing these services are experienced, professional engineers and engineering technicians. They utilize state–of–the–art computer hardware and software for these drainage projects including: HEC–RAS, XP–SWMM, WSPRO, StormCAD, Heastad Methods PondPack, AutoDesk Civil 3D, and Microstation.