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FLOOD MITIGATION C A S E S T U D Y | O R M O N D B E A C H , F L 98% Savings CHALLENGE ECONOMICAL $200k vs. $8M in capital expenditures

In 2009, a hurricane unleashed over 27 inches of rain on the Laurel Creek Watershed. The flooding inundated approximately 79 buildings and several critical roads. With the assistance of FEMA and coordination with various City departments, an upgrade project was undertaken to address not only the flooding issues but provide the ability to upgrade utilities within the area, enhance park elements, and bring the existing roadway up to current city standards.

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SOLUTION In an effort to further minimize the risk of flooding and to fully take advantage of the storage potential associated with the five interconnect lakes, the City implemented Opti's forecast based control solution. Opti software predicts stormwater runoff ahead of wet weather and uses that information to create extra storage capacity in the Central Park Lakes. In the 48 hours leading up to storms, Opti can command a pump station to release up to 70 acre-feet of water to prevent the Lakes from overflow into the surrounding neighborhood.