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Re: Re:Crazy weather /flooding

Code here requires downspouts to be tied into French drains or catch-basins; catch-basins are usually drained with perforated pipe [soil is ultra sandy] or non-perforated pipe that leads to a retention pond, creek, or inlet.

On Mar 11, 2006, at 7:06 AM, Daryl wrote:

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) .


----- 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
zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast
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Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.0 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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