Who cleans up after a storm like Irene?1:42 PM
Turns out I was wrong? After Irene wrecked havoc up and down the East Coast, she left a huge mess. The City of Richmond fell victim and lost many of its oldest trees. These trees took some of our homes as well. After such a big storm, we are often left wondering who is responsible for clean up? If a tree falls into our ditches and yards, do we pay for the damage?
If you are ever curious about the answer to this question, my first response would be to contact your insurance company. Typically you are responsible for the removal of anything that falls into your yard. If a tree from a neighbor’s yard topples onto your side, your insurance will take care of it and vice versa.
What if a storm takes down trees and branches and clogs up our City’s storm water utilities? More than likely, your Storm Water team should clear up your ditch as soon as possible. For example, the City of Richmond must clean all of the debris that gathered in our ditch. Over the weekend, Cherokee road was closed to thru-traffic. The City hired contractors to clean up fallen trees and branches piled up in ditches. It turns out the money that you pay every year does get put to use. Richmond City is in charge of unclogging the drains. Their website states the following:
“The Richmond Stormwater Utility regularly cleans and clears 178 miles of city-managed drainage pipes by following a bi-yearly cleaning schedule. Some pipes are cleaned monthly. Even though storm drain inlets may not have debris on or around them, clogged underground pipes can cause water to back up, resulting in standing water and flooding.”
If you ever fear that your ditch is neglected from your City, give your Public Works/Utilities a call. Don’t call them to clean up the debris in your yard. You must do that yourself.Article Source
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