Stormwater Photo Journal: Maryland Estates

These photos were taken in and around the Maryland Estates neighborhood after 3/4-inches of rain fell on Grand Rapids on March 23.  A 3/4-inch rain event is considered a mild rain event that happens several times a year in our area, but still causes flooding problems in the city.

Maryland Estates street and yard flooding.

This photo shows street and yard flooding due to poor drainage.  The Maryland Estates area has mostly clay soils that rainfall cannot soak into, which creates flooding problems across the whole neighborhood.

Maryland Estates wetland drain before cleaning

Much of the rainfall in the neighborhood collects in a wetland area that floods with every rain storm.  This photo shows a drain that prevents the flooding from reaching peoples homes, although is has been clogged by debris, preventing the drain from doing its job.  Due to the drain clog, the floodwater has no where to go.
Maryland Estates wetland drain after cleaning

This is a photo of the same drain after pushing aside some of the debris.  It is now draining some of the floodwater.

Maryland Estates sidewalk flooding

This photo shows sidewalk flooding due to poor drainage.  Maryland Estates has mostly clay soils that rainfall cannot soak into, which creates flooding problems across the whole neighborhood.

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