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Re: Re:Crazy weather /flooding

> downspout 
> drains that pipe into the street 

?? How close are these houses to the street? Even in my addition with a
small lot, the set back rules would make a downspout leading to the
street look utterly ridiculous, not to mention dangerous. Or is this
done underground somehow? I'm having trouble picturing this.

neIN, Zone 5

 -------------- Original message ----------------------
From: "Daryl" <pulis@mindspring.com>
> It's the same here with regards to the roads. And the erosion downstream 
> from all of the storm drains is awful. Most homes are built with downspout 
> drains that pipe into the street instead of retaining water on the 
> property - or at least that's the common solution offered by most 
> "landscapers" (i.e., mow blow and go guys) .
> d
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: <TeichFlora@aol.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Friday, March 10, 2006 7:48 PM
> Subject: [CHAT] Re:Crazy weather /flooding
> > Yes they do push rain gardens.  It's not so bad, however, in  landscapes.
> > They are usually well aerated, and watered enough, soil  amended, so that 
> > the
> > rain soaks in.  It's the fields, sides of  roads,etc. that don't allow for 
> > the
> > water to soak in, and thus causing  flooding.  There are ditches along 
> > many of
> > the streets, so that water runs  off into it, and slowly soaks back in,
> > however we often get so much rain at one  time, that these fill up very 
> > quickly.
> > In recent years there has  been a lot of new road construction, the roads 
> > made
> > wider, in go the storm  drains instead of the ditches (since they take up 
> > too
> > much room)......so there  is no where for the water to go to sink
> > in......dries the surrounding areas out  more.  Not to mention that the 
> > storm drains get
> > clogged with all sorts of  debris, causing even more flooding.  It's 
> > really
> > awful.
> > Noreen
> > zone 9
> > Texas Gulf Coast
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