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Floodproofing study & outfall system plan (OSP) Update

City of Englewood



Severe flooding in a number of neighborhoods in Englewood during the summer of 2018  has brought into focus the need to reduce flood hazard in flood prone areas of the City.  The City of Englewood contracted with Calibre Engineering to evaluate ways to reduce flood hazard in some of the City's affected basins. This website documents that evaluation and presents ways that Englewood residents can protect their homes. In addition, this website presents projects that Englewood can implement to decrease flood levels in the basins that were included in this study.


The photos below illustrate the types of flooding experienced by the area included in this study. Thank you to the City of Englewood and Englewood citizens and businesses for providing images. 


Photo credits at the bottom of this page. 


The main goal of this Study is to take the initial steps in planning for flood hazard reduction in Englewood. The Study takes a three-pronged approach to identify and mitigate areas of potential flooding at various rainfall/runoff levels:

  • Determine and define ways of reducing flood damage through floodproofing techniques

  • Update the existing Outfall Systems Plan (OSP) and capital projects with budgets and a prioritized list of storm drainage projects

  • Assess the current conditions of the stormwater pipeline beneath Oxford, identify dangers, and describe remediation techniques 

Focus of the Study

This study answers three questions:

  1. What can be done immediately to flood-proof homes in the affected areas? 

  2. What long-term regional storm drainage improvements can be implemented to eliminate or greatly reduce flooding?

  3. What is the status of the Oxford Avenue storm sewer outfall and what can the City do to prevent future failures and/or sinkholes?  

Various maps and graphics are presented within this site. This includes, but is not exclusive to, maps depicting flooding levels expected for a wide variety of storms, maps that depict proposed Capital Improvement Projects, maps that document citizen reported flooding, maps that demonstrate existing infrastructure, etc. Each map or graphic includes an explanation of its content.


Standards & Resources

Resources used in preparing this website:

  • US Army Corps of Engineers. Flood Proofing Techniques, Programs, and References. Omaha: US Army Corps of Engineers, 2000. (pp. 1–32).

  • FEMA. FEMA P-259: Engineering Principles and Practices for Retrofitting Flood-Prone Residential Structures. FEMA, 2012.

  • FEMA. FEMA P-312: Homeowner’s Guide to Retrofitting: Six Ways to Protect Your Home from Flooding. FEMA, 2014.

  • MegaSecur-WaterGate. “MegaSecur | Products.” Retrieved 2018 10 25 from: www.megasecur.com/en/products/

  • US Army Corps of Engineers. Flood Proofing Regulations. Washington DC: Army Corps of Engineers, 1995. (pp. 1–85).

  • WMGB Home Improvement. “Advantages of Basement Egress Windows.” Retrieved 2018 10 15 from:

Building upon previous studies, this project focuses on the South Englewood Basin, South-Central Englewood Basin, Central Englewood Basin, Yale Avenue Basin, and North Englewood Basin, as shown in the image below.

Scope of the study

This graphic shows the basin areas included in the subject study, which were identified in previous studies as "Probable Areas Affected by Flooding from the 100-Year Storm" (1998).

Flood Insurance is available to anyone, regardless of whether your property is within a delineated floodplain or not. All homes in or near the study area should consider the benefits of flood insurance. In addition to homes within these delineations, other homes are or may be subject to localized flooding. Therefore, even if your home is outside delineated flood limits or Areas of Probable Flooding, it may be advisable to consider insurance.


Up to $250,000 of structural coverage is available through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The 2018 rates can be downloaded using the link above.


Please see the FEMA NFIP website for more information.


The subject study was limited to certain basins within Englewood, as referenced herein. Citizens outside the limits of the subject areas should also consider Flood Insurance.


If you have any question about whether flood insurance is important for your home, please contact the City of Englewood Public Works Department or consult with a Professional Engineer (PE).

Flood insurance

Scope of Services

Calibre worked with the City of Englewood to develop a Scope of Work (SOW) to address the three areas of focus shown above. The work needed to be done quickly so that Englewood could move forward in haste. As such, the schedule of this project was shortened as much as possible, and the work done for this study was intended to build on work that others had done in the basin. The final Scope of Work was as follows:

  • Life Safety Assessment and Floodproofing Report

    • Coordinate and meet with City

    • Provide project planning and project management

    • Conduct citizen outreach survey and one-on-one meetings​

    • Conduct site visits and field recon for problem areas

    • Process data

    • Map flood concerns

    • Research floodproofing techniques (including, but not exclusive to, FEMA, USACE, City and County of Denver, City of Aurora, UDFCD)

    • Develop schematic-level details for floodproofing techniques

    • Provide cost estimates for floodproofing techniques

    • Conduct public meeting

  • Outfall Systems Plan Update & Capital Project Prioritization

    • Coordinate and meet with City

    • Provide project planning and project management

    • Obtain and review existing maps and plans​

    • Plot utilities 

    • Prepare base map

    • Review existing studies

    • Review and determine flood depths at cross sections

    • Review existing proposed capital projects and analyze for flood hazard reduction

    • Update cost estimates for existing proposed capital projects

    • Perform hydrologic analysis and hydraulic analysis based on new data

    • Plot new limits of expected flooding

    • Compare flood hazard reduction via floodproofing with project costs

    • Develop prioritization schema

    • Evaluate existing projects

    • Evaluate pond locations (up to 5)

  • Pipe Conditions Assessment

    • Perform a conditions assessment of the Oxford Pipeline system​

    • Provide recommendations for rehabilitation or preservation of the pipe 

  • Digital Report (Plan)


Thank you to the citizens of Englewood and the City of Englewood for submitting flooding photos and videos for inclusion in this study.

  • Dolores L

  • Valerie K

  • Casey H

  • Robert T

  • Joy B

  • Anna P

  • Mike T

  • Mike T

  • Lorel W

  • Jake M

  • Steve G

  • Genevive B

  • Amanda L

  • City of Englewood

Published June 11th, 2019

Revised December 2nd, 2019


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