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Where Does Stormwater Go?

11/16/2021 (Permalink)

After heavy rain following a big storm, you may need to call your local SERVPRO, MA team to bail out your basement. However, in most cases, our city streets stay clear. Even in the midst of vast amounts of rain we are typically able to traverse roads and sidewalks and we have storm drains to thank for that. 

Storm drains stop us from worrying that the water pouring down on us will accumulate on or even flood our streets and sidewalks. 

Once on the ground, rainwater will pool and travel to a storm drain. From there, the stormwater travels to our local reservoirs, streams, creeks, and ponds. 

The trouble is, that water is untreated. 

What’s the problem? What does untreated actually mean?  

When the rain runs through the street, that storm water can pick up oils, trash, and pesticides as it funnels into storm drains. These unwanted substances can wind up dumped into our local bodies of water, potentially impacting water quality, certainly, along with whatever wildlife lives there. 

That’s why it’s critical, especially ahead of a big storm, to always keep storm drains clear of garbage, paint products, pesticides, and anything else that could be harmful to the ecosystem. 

If you find yourself in need of rain damage remediation services after our next big storm, contact SERVPRO Stoneham / Wakefield for expert storm damage solutions.

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