Hurricane Creek Basin

Drainage Master Plan Project

What is the Hurricane Creek Basin Study?

The City of Memphis, through its Drainage Master Plan program, has selected Buchart Horn to study, map, and develop recommendations to improve drainage in the Hurricane Creek Basin. The goal is to study drainage conditions throughout the basin and develop a series of recommended Capital Improvement Projects to lessen the impacts of future storms on public infrastructure and private property.

The study consists of 4 major tasks that are described below. As the project team moves through this process we request your patience and your input.

Data Collection

During this process, residents and business owners can be most helpful. We need to know the impact of stormwater on your property. This information will assist us in recommending projects to correct real issues. If you have not yet submitted a copy of the survey provided at the various community meetings, please take a few minutes to take our survey now.

The University of Memphis Research Foundation assisted the City by installing stream and rain gauges in all drainage basins being studied. Stream and rain gauges were installed on November 22nd, 2019 and removed on June 10, 2020

Mapping & Field Survey

Mapping the system is a critical step that allows the team to get to know the drainage system. Surveyors are working throughout the basin collecting information regarding the size and location of drainage channels, ditches, pipes, culverts, manholes and inlets pipes, channels, manholes, and inlets.

The final survey was completed in September 2021 and consisted of a survey of select drainage structures and house finish floor elevations in areas requiring further evaluation.


A computer model of the drainage network will be created from the mapping. The model is a computer-generated version of the Hurricane Creek drainage area that the project team will use to simulate different storms and runoff situations. The community input along with the collected rain and stormwater data will allow us to ensure the model represents the very real impacts of stormwater in the basin.

Step 1 – Model construction began April 2020

Step 2 – Model Construction and calibration to the flow monitoring data complete and accepted by the City in July 2021.

Step 3 – Once accepted, the model was run to represent existing conditions for various wet weather events. The results were presented to the City in August 2021.

Step 4 – Based on the model results, several areas with the drainage basin were identified as requiring further evaluation. Additional survey data was captured in September 2021 and analysis is underway.


Once we ensure the model is satisfactory in mimicking the system, it will be used to test a variety of drainage improvement scenarios. The most suitable scenarios will be incorporated into the overall Drainage Master Plan Program.

The Project Team

Project Lead

Public Relations / Community Involvement

Field Survey

Model Construction

Data Analysis



Diane Vesely
Project Manager
Buchart Horn, Inc.
3150 Lenox Park Blvd. Suite 300
Memphis, TN 38115