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What Does Flooding Have to do With Water Infrastructure?

Did you know that in America, over 4,095 dams are declared unsafe by the American Society of Civil Engineers? Even dams like the ones in Canada that were supposed to help control major water damage and flooding ended up sending millions of gallons of water back into the homes of residents living on Lake Ontario in New York.

In the spring of 2017, thousands of residents living on the shoreline were rocked by incoming rising water levels in Lake Ontario. Many people living along the shoreline saw devastating damage as water came into their yards and houses at enormous levels, indicating that the water infrastructure was clearly lacking.

In order to prevent issues like this from happening in the future, water infrastructure must be updated and maintained. And that means planning for a sustainable infrastructure system. To do this, the EPA suggests:

  • Setting attainable, transparent goals within individual communities
  • Utilizing consistency across community goals
  • Working towards long-term financial and technical stability

Watershed management is another important piece of water infrastructure planning that needs to go into planning for flood control. Not only that, but roadway design is a huge element that needs to be taken into account for potential flooding areas. Fortunately, there are important steps that can be taken at every level of this process. In fact, the more involvement from all walks of life, the better.

One thing that homeowners are regular citizens can actually do to help prevent street flooding is watching out for storm drains. Drainage grates are meant to help control flooding in the streets. However, if they are blocked by debris, they cannot function properly. Grass clippings and fallen leaves can quickly slow drainage in your neighborhood, so do your part to clear them.

Planning for flood control is everybody’s responsibility. If you have any questions about water infrastructure or other civil engineering issues, don’t hesitate to contact our team today.

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