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May 01

Stormwater Efforts

Posted on May 1, 2020 at 9:19 AM by Kristy Bansemer

During the spring season, the weather gets warmer and spring rains begin to transform the landscape into dynamic colors. While the spring rains have many positive impacts, they can also bring challenges. Unpredictable wet weather can create flooding and water quality issues due to the influx of stormwater.

In 2012, the City created a stormwater utility to address regulatory requirements related to flooding and stormwater quality, to maintain and repair the City’s stormwater drainage system and to construct additional stormwater improvements. 

Stormwater funds were recently used to complete a drainage study aimed at identifying cost effective solutions to local drainage challenges. While stormwater is most effectively addressed regionally, the study identified a few projects that can be implemented locally to protect structures likely to be impacted by flood waters.

With the approval of the City Council, design and construction of two projects were added to the City’s five-year Capital Improvement Plan. Projects include work to reduce flooding associated with water backing up from Spring Creek into the Spring Creek and Kensington Estates neighborhoods.  Stormwater funds are also being used to construct drainage improvements to reduce street flooding in the Woodland Valley neighborhood.

The City’s stormwater efforts have resulted in other benefits. Many residents whose properties are located in floodplains are required to purchase flood insurance. Our Public Works staff have worked to be a part of the Community Rating System (CRS), a program administered through Federal Emergency Management Agency. Through the CRS, the City is able to make changes that result in premium discounts for residents who carry flood insurance. The City’s current CRS rating can result in up to 15 percent savings on premiums. Residents who purchase flood insurance should tell their insurance agents that the City participates in the CRS.

While the City does not have the resources to address private drainage concerns, there may be options through your Homeowners Association (HOA). In the 90s, many developers began creating master lot grading plans to help reduce neighborhood drainage issues. The developers include enforcement of the lot grading plans in the neighborhood covenants with enforcement through the HOA. If you don’t know how to contact your HOA, contact the City’s HOA Liaison, Judy Morris, at 788-1519 ext. 1281 or judymorris@derbyweb.com.  

Dan Squires
Director of Planning & Engineering

Published in the Derby Informer on April 29, 2020