White Oak Lake Reconstruction Project

Last updated Sep. 25, 2019 - 2:04 pm
  • Planning
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Completed
  • Storm Drainage System / Dam Retrofit
  • $3 million
  • Stormwater Management (Lead)
  • Dewberry (Design)

Current Activity

Posted Wednesday, Sept. 25

The design plans for this project are complete. We also received all required environmental permits from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR), and North Carolina Dam Safety.

We are continuing to coordinate with property owners to secure easements that are required to construct and maintain the project. The construction contractor that we selected withdrew from the project since we do not have all of the easements required to start construction. We cannot move forward until all property owners complete the easement process. More project details will be available in October. Thank you for your patience.


White Oak Lake is a privately owned lake that provides little reduction to peak flows for the downstream Simmons Branch watershed. However, retrofit improvements to increase the lake’s ability to store stormwater runoff will reduce flooding in the downstream watershed that currently experiences fairly frequent flooding of roads, yards, garages, crawl spaces, and HVAC units.


White Oak Lake


Project schedule with dates and descriptions
Spring 2017Stormwater models finalized, 70 percent of the project design plan developed, and environmental permits submitted
Fall 2017Recommended design alternative presented
Late Fall 2018Private utility relocation, permitting complete
Winter 2019Project design complete
Spring 2019Easement acquisition process complete
TBDProject construction begins
TBDProject construction complete


The White Oak Lake drainage improvements are the last part of a multi-phased project that will reduce flooding in the Simmons Branch watershed. Other projects included culvert improvements at Ravenwood Drive, Kaplan Drive, Lail Court, Swift Drive, and the Simmons Branch Drainage Improvement Project - Phase II.

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