Drainage Responsibilities

Storm Damage Response

At times of high winds, heavy rains or freezing temperatures, the City’s streets and drainage crews are ready to respond. The City’s priority is to clear pathways for first responders before starting general road clearance operations. It is important to note that City crews are not legally allowed to utilize public resources for cleaning up private property. The homeowner and Homeowner Associations (HOA) are individually responsible for their private property or property that is maintained by an HOA.

Neighborhood Ponds

Many neighborhoods have amenity ponds. The ponds provide a tranquil atmosphere while also serving as a drainage structure designed to retain water during times of excess rainfall. Ponds are specifically constructed to reduce the amount of stormwater flow from their development.

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When fully functioning during and after a storm, neighborhood ponds slowly release collected water to either a nearby creek or storm sewer. The reduced release rate often prevents water from being released too fast, which may further inundate downstream infrastructure and property.

In most instances, the Homeowners Association (HOA) is responsible for the neighborhood’s stormwater pond. If you are unsure about who holds responsibility you should check your subdivision plat and HOA declarations. Still unsure? Contact us, we are happy to help.  

Drainage Responsibilities

Neglected stormwater ponds are unsightly and do not function properly. Proper care and maintenance ensure that your stormwater pond is healthy and functional. Here are some tips that could help, or click on our Go With The Flow checklist:

  • Utilize either a maintenance or inspection checklist to keep track of your efforts. Inspect your stormwater pond monthly. Be sure to note any erosion and remove all foreign objects.
Go With the Flow Drainage Responsibilities
  • Contact a professional engineer every one to two years to inspect your stormwater pond.
  • If vegetation around your pond is over 4’ tall, you may need professional services to remove and treat for invasive species.
  • Consider converting the turf grass surrounding your pond to a native plant buffer zone. We suggest working with a landscape contractor to incorporate native plants to help stabilize shorelines and deter geese.
  • Discontinue application of fertilizers and pesticides around your stormwater pond.

Extra Tips: 

  • Easements and storm drainage systems should always be free of litter and debris. 
  • Avoid raking, blowing or dumping leaves or grass clippings into the storm drainage system. 
  • If property repairs are needed, be sure to keep storm drainage systems easily accessible. 
  • Privacy fencing should not obstruct drainage systems or pathways. 
  • Do not place structures or sheds of any kind near or on top of drainage structures or in easements.

On or Around My Property

We are here to answer questions or if problems arise.  Please click on the contact envelope to ask your question 24/7, or during business hours contact the Public Works Department at 817-748-8098 or Building Services at 817-481-5664.

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