Myrtle Grove Fire Station
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Challenge: Facing many of the same challenges as Belle Chasse, Myrtle Grove is located 25 miles further down the Plaquemines Parish peninsula, with the Mississippi River levee only 1000 feet to the East, and the Gulf of Mexico less than 2000 feet to the West. In 2012, Hurricane Isaac brought a flood level of 18 feet to the site of the station.
Solution: The FEMA 549 report was again brought to the drawing table. The site, originally below sea level, was infilled with enough dirt to bring it seven feet above sea level. A poured in place concrete frame was devised, with apparatus bays on the first floor and EVERYTHING ELSE on the second floor, at a height of 23 feet. The concept is to take the apparatus to higher ground as a major storm approaches, open the bay doors and allow the bays to flood. The engine bays are walled with breakaway blocks, designed to break apart under heavy water pressure before the concrete frame is compromised.