Why does my street flood when it rains?!

City sewers can only handle a certain amount of flow, and when sewers are overloaded, they can back-up into residents’ basements. To avoid this problem, the city uses catch basin covers that limit how fast water can enter the sewer system. These restricted catch basin covers cause temporary ponding on residential streets during rain storms. The ponded water is typically less than 12 inches deep at the edge of the road. This allows vehicles to drive through the center of the road (with caution) where the water is less deep. Because the restricted catch basin covers have only two or four openings (slots), it is easy for leaves, grass clippings, debris, etc. to clog the openings and cause excess street flooding. If you see a clogged cover, you can help your entire street by clearing the debris! The DPS and Engineering Division also work their way through the city to help clear off clogged catch basins covers.

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1. What do the numbers on the sidewalk mean?
2. Will I get notified if construction is going to block my street or driveway?
3. Parking is a problem on my street, what can I do?
4. Why does my street flood when it rains?!
5. Why is my water cloudy and/or rusty?
6. What does Engineering do?
7. Why do I have to pay for the city's sidewalk?
8. What is sewer televising?
9. How can I get rid of standing water in my yard?