City staff hosted an information session for residents of Queensborough on October 8th, 2019. This session gave residents the opportunity to learn about completed and upcoming drainage projects within Queensborough as well as provided opportunities to ask questions to staff members in attendance.
Topics discussed included current drainage impediments and issues that require further examination, some examples are shown in the pictures below:
Additional discussion revolved around the open ditches. Historically, Queensborough was a rural community with open ditches as the primary drainage path to take the stormwater to the perimeter pump stations. As the area urbanizes, smaller lots are being created and culverts are installed for driveway access. Residents have expressed a desire for enclosing open ditches with storm sewers.
In 2018, the City Engineering Department conducted a detailed analysis to examine the technical feasibility and phasing of enclosing the open ditches. The Ditch Enclosure Feasibility Plan looked to ensure the future drainage system functions with adequate grades, storage and capacity without creating ponding at low-lying properties. The plan also examined the readiness of the streets to incorporate enclosed ditches with a proper storm sewer system.
Click here for more information on the Historical Area Drainage Ditch Enclosure Feasibility Plan.
Some of the commonly asked questions from the community on Drainage can be found in this FAQ.