Flooding in Palo Alto: How good is drainage?
Original post made by John Gale on Jan 4, 2008
Unfortunately, with the recent deluge of liquid pouring from the sky, it's all that more obvious that poor drainage can cause flooding on streets, leading to car accidents and nearby housing damage, let alone pedestrians getting soaked when a passing car drives through a nearby puddle.
What is the work to reward ratio of adding better drainage to city streets? It seems that the results of ignoring our poor city drainage are becoming more obvious.
on Jan 4, 2008 at 7:37 pm
John Gales, we recently passed an increase in our storm drain fees to take care of all the possibly flooding that may occur after our rare winter gully washers (see your utility bill). This is supposed to take care of such problems as ponding along Alma and other storm drain issues.
Since I was raised in Britain where it rains all the time, I learned to drive with constant ponding and puddles, just slow down.
on Jan 4, 2008 at 7:53 pm
Britain has a lot more rain, but a much better method of drainage. I have no idea how it works, but all home down spouts have collection to the underground water dispersion system and all downspouts continue underground. Groundwater collected in gutters vanishes into drains and very rarely are there problems with standing water in residential areas. The big problems come into account in rural areas or where there are major rivers like the Thames. Yes, floods do occur, but only when there is a great deal of rain over a prolonged period, not the first rain storm of the season.
on Jan 5, 2008 at 1:46 am
Palo Alto is really green and has an impressive list of Sister Cities. We are begging for a federal grant to eliminate one obvious drainage impediment, and have been waiting a while.