Preserving a Community
With an Invisible Flood Wall


Record flooding caused historical damage to the City and it needed to figure out a way to save residents and downtown businesses.


The project team designed many unique aspects that helped save the City during high water events, including: an invisible flood wall that could be be easily assembled, a hidden storm sewer gate closure structure, low visual impact stormwater pump stations, and a modular garden flood wall. A road was also raised several feet and the project was designed to be a gathering place for community.

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  • 2016 Engineering Excellence Honor Award | American Council of Engineering Companies of Minnesota (ACEC/MN)

Austin North Main Flood Control

Austin, Minn.

City of Austin


  • Flood Risk Management
  • Hydrology and Hydraulics
  • Stormwater Engineering
  • Community Planning