FLOOD COMMISSION ISSUES REMINDER TO MAINTAIN DRAINAGE AND PONDING AREAS

FLOOD COMMISSION ISSUES REMINDER TO MAINTAIN DRAINAGE AND PONDING AREAS

The summer rainy season announced itself with authority in Doña Ana County on Saturday, June 17. With the likelihood of more summer rains looming, the Doña Ana County Flood reminds residents that now is the time to make sure all drainage easements and ponding areas on their properties are in working order.
Flood Commission Director Paul Dugie said many residents in Doña Ana County are required to have on-site retention ponds to trap flood waters and assist in drainage. These ponds should be carefully located and sized to retain excess runoff from the development of the lot or lots upon which they are placed.
Many residents own property through which natural drainage patterns occur, Dugie said. Easements on these properties are designed to allow the safe passage of storm waters across the property, thereby minimizing the potential of flood damage.
“Blocking these easements with walls, vegetation and/or the build-up of soil may cause flooding, either on the property where the easement has been blocked or on adjacent properties where the flood waters are diverted,” Dugie said. “Blocking the easements can occur both intentionally and by neglect, but either situation can lead to disastrous results. Flood prevention necessitates the maintenance of these areas by the property owner on an annual basis.”
General information about the importance of flood prevention can be seen at the FEMA Web site at www.fema.gov on the Internet. For more information about maintaining flood easements on your property, or to report blocked easements on neighboring properties, call the Flood Commission at (505) 647-7256.