Drainage and Flood Control:
Chris Miles, Assistant Director of Public Works - Water Utilities/Streets/Drainage
903-934-7823 Office Direct
The Assistant Director of Public Works - Water Utilities/Streets/Drainage is responsible for the daily maintenance of ditches and drainage in the street right-of-way, street storm water structures, and creeks (but only if we have an existing drainage easement).
Road Side/Some Off Road Ditch Maintenance is the responsibility of the Public Works Street Division and includes the re-grading of roadside ditches, including flushing culverts under driveways and streets. While the City Code of Ordinances mandates abutting property owners maintain ditches free of debris, the division will re-grade ditches that become heavily silted; existing drainage culverts are also flushed during this activity. New culverts or culverts that are damaged or undersized under residential or commercial driveways are the property owner’s responsibility for replacement. Off-road drainage ditches are cleaned and re-graded by the city if we have an existing drainage easement; otherwise it is the responsibility of property owners. These off-road ditches collect storm water from many smaller ditches and storm sewers and transport it to larger ditches and/or creeks maintained by the City of Marshall.
Storm Water Sewer Maintenance is the responsibility of the Public Works Street Division and handles the operation and maintenance of the City's storm water sewer system, including task such as cleaning manholes and inlets as well as replacing missing manhole covers. The storm water sewer system is very different from the sanitary sewer system that carries waste from your home. These sewers are designed only for storm water and empty directly into major ditches and creeks. Residents are reminded to never dispose of grass clippings, motor oil, or other items in the storm water sewer system.
The NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) is a federally mandated program that monitors and inspects runoff from manufacturers and industrial businesses to prevent pollutants from entering our streams and lakes. The city will investigate reported or suspected illegal discharges into the storm water system and disposal of Commercial, industrial, or household hazardous materials.
The Local Drainage Projects (LDP) stem from service requests related to Storm Water Maintenance, whether it is a storm water sewer, roadside ditching or an off-road ditching concern. Maintenance crews do an onsite assessment of the request to determine if the request/concern qualifies for further city involvement. If it does, a work order is generated and work is scheduled based on the greatest need. Large drainage issues are forwarded to the Public Works Director to be reviewed as part of a future Capital Improvement Project.