Preparing a Beachside City for Future Storm Events

Long Branch, N.J., decided to retrofit its current drainage system with Proco ProFlex™ Style 730 and Proco ProFlex™ Style 790 duckbill check valves, which would allow the city to achieve its objectives without needing to modify much of its current infrastructure.

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In 2012, Long Branch, N.J., was one of many coastal communities that experienced severe flooding during Hurricane Sandy. Instead of drawing water away from the city, the city’s drainage system exacerbated the storm situation, causing flood waters to re-enter the town.

To prepare for future severe weather events, the city decided to update its current drainage system to better protect the coastline. Having met FEMA specifications, Long Branch received FEMA funds for the project.

Proco ProFlex Style 730 and 790 Check Valves guard against problems associated with severe storms.

The Solution

Long Branch decided to retrofit its current drainage system, which would allow the city to achieve its objectives without needing to modify much of its current infrastructure. The need for custom applications made it a good fit for Proco. “It was a specialized product that Proco could excel at producing,” said Dave Gillespie, operations manager at Valve Tech Sales.

To provide cost savings, the contractors priced out the Proco ProFlex™ Style 730 and Proco ProFlex™ Style 790 duckbill check valves for the project. The check valves were designed to match the pipe size for each installation, as well as the amount of head pressure associated with the valve.

Results

The finalized design was implemented in 2017, and installation of the project was completed in early 2018. With Long Branch’s upgraded drainage system, each valve allowed its respective location to drain properly under normal circumstances, making the city less susceptible to flow reversals in the future. WW

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