The City’s Department of Public Works (DPW) reminds residents to clear their inlets and drains to help avoid flooding in streets and yards.
With recent hot and arid weather conditions, the ground will not readily absorb storm water as we see more rain. Maintaining inlets, ditches, and drains around residential properties by removing debris reduces the likelihood this storm water runoff will cause flooding.
“Keeping drains clear is probably the simplest and most effective way residents can help reduce flooding and drainage problems in their communities,” DPW Director Lori Miser said. “For our part, the city has proposed a plan that will allow DPW to address all of its currently identified high-need storm water problem areas — more than 380 total in every corner of Marion County.”
The following are more ways to help reduce flooding and drainage problems:
• Work with neighbors to clear brush, debris, and other blockages from neighborhood creeks and ditches.
• Maintain swales and ditches, including roadside ditches, by mowing grass to 8 inches or less and keeping them free of debris. Be sure not to mow when the ground is wet to avoid rutting.
• Keep storm inlet grates, driveway culverts, and cross pipes in good repair and clear of debris, trash, and leaves.
• Use approved erosion control methods for creeks that run through private property. To ensure proper erosion control methods are used and any necessary drainage permits are received, check with the Department of Code Enforcement at 327-8583.
• Call Citizens Water, 924-3311, option 2, to report flooding on city streets and sidewalks or illegal dumping in waterways.
Keeping storm water drainage systems in good condition prevents potholes and poor road surfaces, reduces street flooding and ice patches, keeps septic systems functioning, removes insect breeding grounds, and diverts storm water away from homes.