Cole County Public Works seeking to reduce effects of stormwater runoff

Julie Smith/News Tribune photo: 
Cole County Public Works Director Eric Landwehr explained the goals of two stormwater studies the county conducted, including the stormwater retention area located immediately east of Lowe's, as shown here. Typically the basin is empty except for when there are heavy or prolonged rains.
Julie Smith/News Tribune photo: Cole County Public Works Director Eric Landwehr explained the goals of two stormwater studies the county conducted, including the stormwater retention area located immediately east of Lowe's, as shown here. Typically the basin is empty except for when there are heavy or prolonged rains.


When a big storm hits, all that water has to go somewhere.

Stormwater often makes its way down streams and creeks, but with significantly more water in those channels than usual, they can overflow, flooding streets, yards and even houses.

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