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Drainage Masterplan Studies

In 2014, the City of Memphis initiated an effort to study the entire drainage system in an effort to reduce flooding conditions. In order to do this, the City was divided into numerous study areas.

During each study, the system will be surveyed, entered into a computer model, and calibrated to match real-world conditions. After this, several alternatives will be proposed and tested using the computer model. By doing this, any alternatives proposed can be verified as being effective at alleviating flooding issues before they are constructed in real life. 

The city completed a pilot study of the Lick Creek basin in Midtown utilizing this methodology in the mid-2000's. Out of this study has come numerous detention facilities, many of which were not possible without partnerships with private entities. As a result, flood risk has been significantly reduced within the Midtown area.

In addition to the Lick Creek basin, seven study areas were selected in 2014, with an additional seven in 2015 and four in 2016. The basins are listed below.

Note: if you have any issues, such as flooding from a clogged inlet, missing storm grates, failing drainage infrastructure or other maintenance concerns, you can contact the Division of Public Works' Drain Maintenance Department at (901) 357-0100 or by calling 311 .

Completed Studies

Lick Creek

Studies In Progress

Walnut Grove Lake
Whitehaven Creek
Cane Creek
Cypress Creek
South Cypress Creek
Todd Creek
Sweetbriar Creek
Days Creek
Black Bayou
White Station Creek
Point Church
Cherry Bayou
Harrison Creek

New Study Areas

Harrington Creek
Hurricane Creek
Gayoso Bayou (north of Union Avenue)

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