Stormwater is water that flows over the ground surface during a rain event, directly into the City's storm drainage system, including lakes and streams, without any treatment. Heavy rain events in short amounts of time can result in excessive stormwater runoff that can cause localized flooding in yards and streets. Paved areas (driveways, parking lots, streets, roof tops, etc.) contribute to increased stormwater runoff because such surfaces restrict stormwater from seeping into the ground.
The Public Works Department is responsible for addressing stormwater issues related to public infrastructure (streets, bridges, culverts, pipes, etc.) in the City.