Landlok 300 used to repair canals ravaged by devastating hurricanes


Courtesy of Propex Operating Company, LLC

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is the world’s largest water control system, protecting more than 6,000,000 people that live in the agency’s 16 counties from severe flooding associated with tropical storms and hurricanes common to South Florida. They also are charged with the freshwater supply and managing water quality.

The storms of 2004 and 2005 that ravaged South Florida clogged waterways with debris, damaged water control structures and caused severe erosion along canal banks. Many canals banks were stressed beyond their limits, and rehabilitation of the most critical banks was imminent. The portion of C-51 that was repaired under this contract is approximately 20 miles west of West Palm Beach, just past the affluent community of Wellington, approaching the fringes of the Everglades and Lake Okeechobee. This area is rural and agricultural with vast areas of sugar cane fields and wetlands used for additional flood control. Canal C-51 runs parallel to State Road 98/441 which meant the SFWMD had to work with very little right-ofway. It also meant that providing permanent protection for the bank was critical as further bank erosion would mean loss of the right-of-way and potential loss of the use of the state owned and maintained highway. The SFWMD also wanted the finished project to look natural, using reinforced vegetation to stabilize the shoreline so as not to inhibit the natural ecosystem and wildlife that make the canal their home.

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