Is street flooding normal?

Yes. In most areas, the streets are considered to be a part of the drainage system. During a typical rainfall event, water will flow through storm sewers located underneath the street or in roadside ditches to a drainage channel. When the capacity of the storm sewers or roadside ditches is exceeded, the street itself will hold the water until the storm sewer or roadside ditch has additional room to drain the water.

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1. What are the City's drainage related responsibilities?
2. What are the resident's drainage related responsibilities?
3. What is the difference between public and private drainage systems?
4. My neighbor has done some work on their lot and now I'm getting more runoff. What can I do?
5. What can I do if there is a significant drainage issue in my neighborhood?
6. Who do I contact for my drainage question that isn't listed here?
7. Is street flooding normal?
8. What is stormwater?
9. What is a flood plain?
10. What is the difference between a storm drain and a sewer?
11. What does impervious mean?
12. What is the difference between detention and retention?