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Flood Mitigation and Stream Restoration Underway on Tuscarora Creek

The project will reduce flooding while improving quality of water.

Post Date:07/03/2019 3:10 PM
Tuscarora Creek MitigationLeesburg, VA (July 3, 2019) – Construction along Tuscarora Creek is officially underway to help reduce flooding of the adjoining residential properties on Shenandoah and Harrison streets, near downtown Leesburg.

The project will include the installation of storm drains to handle a 100-year storm event along with the construction of a two- to-four foot high wall. The stream restoration will include realignment of the stream channel to reduce or eliminate erosion while improving the overall health of the stream. 

The project will be constructed in phases, with the initial phase located upstream of the Harrison Street bridge, behind the T.W. Perry and bowling alley properties. As of June 21, the contractor has completed the installation of erosion and sedimentation control measures. Tree clearing operations are underway and will be in process for the next few weeks. 

The Town has a “no net loss” tree replacement policy for all capital improvement projects. Capital Projects staff will review the number and size of the trees removed to determine how many trees are needed to replace those taken down. If all of the replacement trees are not able to be accommodated within the boundaries of this project, trees will be planted in other areas of Town.

Phase II will take place downstream of the Harrison Street bridge and behind the skate park and Loudoun County rescue squad properties. This flood mitigation project will be constructed concurrently with the project to improve water quality in Tuscarora Creek. The entire project is estimated to be completed by summer 2020. 

For more information, including how to register to receive project updates via text or email, visit

Leah Kosin
Assistant Public Information Officer

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