See a Flooded Area? It May Be There by Design


If you see flooding in parks or nature areas during a downpour, don’t worry. It’s probably a catch basin.

Catch basins are drains in low areas that funnel excess rain water from the surrounding landscape. The water is meant to pond around the drain during heavy rain events.

Multiple catch basins were installed in the newly renovated Keyes Park, though they’re currently draining slower than normal due to erosion control coverings that will be removed once grass has had a chance to grow, said Kevin Hansen, director of public works.

“When those areas pond during a storm, they’re working as intended,” Hansen said. “The ponding is occurring at low points as part of the drainage plan.”

Catch Basin