District Engineer Services

District Engineer Services

Location: North Kansas City, Mo.

Client: North Kansas City Levee District

Completion Date: Ongoing

The North Kansas City Levee District operates and maintains approximately 9 miles of the flood protection system along the Missouri River. The system provides flood protection for North Kansas City, Mo., and portions of Kansas City, Mo. Burns & McDonnell serves as district engineer and is responsible for review of plans and specifications for work within the critical zone of the levee. The district engineer is also responsible for conducting levee inspections; design of maintenance projects, implementation of the district’s emergency preparedness plan, and liaison with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.

  • Flood protection
  • Plan review and permitting
  • Levee inspections
  • Levee maintenance
  • Emergency preparedness planning and training
  • Special projects

Burns & McDonnell has provided on going consulting engineering services to the North Kansas City Levee District since 1949. The services are in conjunction with construction, maintenance, repair and operation of 8 miles of mainstream and tie-back levees on the Missouri River and four stormwater pumping stations. Work includes general consulting engineering associated with hydrology, hydraulics, utility crossings, roads, embankment, slope protection and appurtenant structures relating to the stability of the levee. Burns & McDonnell has served as the district engineer for more than 50 years, and as such, has overall responsibility for all maintenance and construction activities affecting the flood protection unit.

During the 1993 flood, Burns & McDonnell provided 24-hour-a-day service to the district over a two-week period and was responsible for directing emergency procedures for securing and maintaining the integrity of the levee unit on the Missouri River. As district engineer, Burns & McDonnell had full responsibility for the successful flood fight operations and coordination with other emergency response agencies in the North Kansas City Levee District.

  • Levee inspections
  • Design of maintenance projects
  • Flood fight protection
  • Emergency preparedness plans
  • Attendance at monthly board of supervisors meetings
  • Technical review for all construction within the critical area of the flood protection unit
  • Assistance with utility crossings and easements
  • Conduct regular maintenance inspections of the protective works
  • Coordinate maintenance, construction or reconstruction of district facilities
  • Oversight of contractors
  • Liaison with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Design and maintenance of the levee district's Web page
  • Migration of construction records, utilities and other information to geographic information system (GIS) platform
  • Design of all modifications to district facilities since the original construction by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, including:
    • Modifications (improved conveyance) to the Hillside Levee and Ditch, a 2.1-mile waterway and tie back levee; hydrologic and hydraulic analyses were performed through use of HEC-1 and HEC-2
    • Modification of a major (80-foot by 8-foot) closure structure for reduced closure time and increased response
    • A continuing program of levee slope protection overlay, involving the placement of new rip-rap on a total levee length of 8 miles
    • Elimination of two closure structures
    • Floodwall modifications and extensions at three locations
    • Design of a maintenance building
    • Repairs to the Burlington pumping plant outfall
    • Reconstruction and enlargement of 1 mile of tie-back levee upstream of the federal project limits