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June 24, 2017

Marshall Junior High School elevation map created by Juays Photography Aerial Services.

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New Marshall Junior High School is going to flood!


 Just wait till we get our 1st rain, that new junior high school is going to flood. How many times have you heard that or maybe even thought that? Not according to an elevation map created by Juays Photography Aerial Services.

 

Now I am no construction expert, but I do know that water will always run to the lowest point. I also know that before the construction of any structures started many drains with piping/culverts (excuse my non-technical terms) were laid to move water away from the school grounds towards the “French drain”. Now where I come from a French drain is what you know as a septic system. However, I have since learnt that a French drain redirects water from a given area. The architects of the new Marshall Junior High have incorporated a French drain to ensure that the grounds are not flooded and kept reasonably dry. According to the project update for November the French drain is only 65% complete.

This elevation map of the new Marshall High School shows the depth of the French drain. Generated by Juays Photography Aerial Services

This elevation map of the new Marshall High School shows the depth of the French drain. Generated by Juays Photography Aerial Services (Click on the image to see a high resolution image of the whole site)

I did an aerial visit of the site after we had received 4″ of rain and the site looks reasonably good. There is no pooling of water, apart from it being very muddy, which is what you would expect from a construction site after some heavy rain.

As most of our readers know, apart from owning Piney Woods News, I, along with my wife Melanie, also own a successful portrait photography business in Marshall Texas – Juays Photography.

In August of this year, after much studying, I acquired my FAA Certification to be a commercial drone pilot.

Subsequently, we have added aerial services to our product offering. Juays Photography Aerial Services offers the following services to our commercial clients –

 

As you may have guessed already, I did an elevation map of the new Marshall Junior High School building site. If you click on the image above it will show you a hi-res elevation map of the whole building site. The darker the blue, the lower the elevation, the darker the red, the higher the elevation. As you can see the big dark blue area is the French drain. So, this area is the lowest point on the whole building site and therefore, any excess water will flow towards it. You may speculate or have been told that the new Marshall Junior High School will flood if we get a lot of rain.  Based on the elevation map, I don’t think it will.

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