|Hart Park Project
|$48 MILLION PROJECT REDUCING RISK OF FLOODING IN WAUWATOSA & MILWAUKEE
(Wauwatosa, WI) – Completed in the spring of 2007, this flood management project physically increased the size of Hart Park dramatically from around 20 acres to 50 acres.
Together, the bigger park and a series of flood levees help temporarily store floodwater that could otherwise damage homes and businesses or get into the sewer system, raising the threat of basement backups and sewage overflows.
To provide room in the parkway for floodwater storage, one-to-three feet of earth was removed.
It's important to note that the park will remain dry the vast majority of the time, except when strong storms cause flooding in the Menomonee River.
June 21, 1997, Wauwatosa
PROTECTION FROM THE 1% PROBABILITY or 100 YEAR FLOOD
Floods larger than the one percent probability could spill over the levees and storage areas.
As with all MMSD flood management projects, the Hart Park flood management system is designed to harness and protect against the one percent probability flood, commonly called the 100 year flood.
Hart Park, Spring 2007