On May 17, 2021, during an estimated 13.7” deluge of rain, many Oak Hills Place residents on the lake and other resident’s homes within the Greater Oak Hills Neighborhood and Iberville Terrace neighborhoods were flooded. The flooding was the result of our street storm drains not being able to handle the amount of rainwater within a short period of time because the storm drains are not cleaned out – not from the lake overflowing.
This happens when debris from lawn mowing is blown into the drains, limbs are stacked on top of the drains and washing into them, leaves are not picked up, but allowed to wash into the drains, and other debris & sometimes toxic chemicals are poured down these drains. These storm drains then flow into our neighborhood lakes, causing damage to the fish, environment, and health of the lake, as well as stopping up our neighborhood drainage system, which then can cause homes to flood from the streets.
We are asking everyone to contact the Maintenance dept. to check your drains. If the whole neighborhood system was functioning even 20% better, that may be enough to stop some of the flooding. So please take the time to put in service requests! This is the dept. to contact for storm drain maintenance, if we can get some requests put in around the lake and even the Greater Oak Hills Neighborhood, we may fare better the next time we get a big rain event.
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SECURE items intended for trash & recycling pickup. Wind could easily blow these items into a storm drain.
DISPOSE of debris with a broom rather than a water hose. Hosing will send unwanted debris into the storm drain.
KEEP litter & yard debris clear from storm drains. Litter is easily carried into storm drains by wind and rain.
PICK UP after pets. Bring extra bags to dispose of waste properly.
PROPERLY STORE household items to prevent them from falling over and leaving your property.
Litter, leaves, and other items that enter storm drains are not treated at a wastewater treatment plant. They flow directly to streams, rivers, & lakes without treatment, harming plants & wildlife and contributing to street-level flooding by blocking water flow.