Drainage System Maintenance

Storm drains and natural drainageways are meant to handle only storm water. A community can lose a portion of its drainage system conveyance or storm water storage capacity due to illegal dumping, debris accumulation, soil erosion and sedimentation as well as overgrowth of vegetation. When this happens, flooding occurs more frequently and reaches higher elevations, subjecting properties otherwise protected to an unnecessary risk of damage. Extensive maintenance is necessary to ensure flood preparedness. Practice good drainage maintenance by keeping grass clippings and other debris out of storm water drainage systems and drainage canals to prevent clogging and loss of storm water storage and conveyance capacity.

Junction City has extensive Storm Water ordinances and other rules and regulations in place concerning the storm drainage system within the City.  These address the prohibition of littering on public streets and rights-of-way.  This specifically includes the prohibition of allowing grass clippings and other material from being placed in the public streets and rights-of-way.  To report any problems with the drainage system or other issues within the public streets and rights-of-way within the City of Junction City, contact the Junction City Public Works Department at (785) 762-8840.

Shawnee County relies upon the littering statute (K.S.A. 21-5815) to prohibit littering on public streets and rights-of-way, park and other public space, or any lake, stream, watercourse, or other body of water. To report illegal dumping, call the Geary County Sheriff's Office at 785-238-2261.

Remember, simply keeping ditches and watercourses free of debris can dramatically improve the run-off capacity of low lying areas, as well as greatly reduce the occurrence of blockage that significantly contributes to flooding.