Storm drains are designed to handle normal water flow, but occasionally during heavy rain, street flooding may occur. We can limit the number of flooding incidents by keeping the drains clear with regular maintenance and cleaning.
Harris County is extremely flat. The only way to drain rainwater quickly is through our storm sewer system, which leads to local creeks and bayous. Although most of Meadowcreek Village does not routinely flood, plugged or clogged storm drains can cause localized ponding during rain events. If the water cannot flow through a storm drain, it will backup in that area of the neighborhood.
Storm drain inlets, underground storm drain pipe, and storm drain outfalls are all key components that convey storm water. Keeping these components clean and fully functional are critical in minimizing impacts to the neighborhood and our environment.
Your assistance is welcome! Please make sure that nothing but untainted rain water flows from your yard into storm drains. Do not blow or rake leaves or landscape debris into the street. Lawn clippings, leaves and other debris often clump, which can contribute to flooding in the neighborhood. Oil or other chemicals poured into storm drains flows directly to Berry Bayou and then to Galveston Bay, where it poisons fish and other wildlife.
The city does not have enough manpower to keep all the storm drains clear all the time. If you live near one, take a moment to rake or sweep debris away from the inlet when you see that it is blocked.
Sweeping grass, leaves, grass clippings, yard waste, etc., into the street or a storm drain is cited as a civil solid-waste violation subject to a fine for each day it occurs.