The New Hanover County Engineering Department is working with the Planters Walk Community to help resolve drainage issues within the neighborhood and along Putnam Drive, says Jim Iannucci, county engineer.
The Planters Walk Homeowners Association has been working with the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Division of Water Quality to make repairs to the stormwater system to ensure renewal of the HOA state stormwater permit, Iannucci adds.
A state law adopted in 2009 extends the effective period for any stormwater permit to three years from the existing expiration date.
The Planters Walk permit, which expired on Jan. 20, 2010, is now in effect until Jan. 20, 2013.
Iannucci said a letter dated May 3 from the Planters Walk HOA requests a time frame of 120 days to complete and submit a request for a modification to the permit submitted to DENR’s Division of Water Quality. DENR approved the request on May 18 and set a Nov. 3 deadline.
“The New Hanover County Engineering Department will continue to monitor the progress to ensure the drainage within Planters Walk and Putnam Drive meets or exceeds all county, state and federal rules and regulations,” Iannucci says. “Any violations to the New Hanover County Stormwater ordinance will be addressed to the property owners via a written request to resolve the drainage deficiency.”
Iannucci adds a cautionary message for all county property owners:
“All residents of New Hanover County are reminded that we are now in hurricane season and it is extremely important to maintain all stormwater systems on private property.”
He said stormwater conveyances such as waterways, streams, creeks, ditches, swales, channels, conduits and culverts, along with stormwater control areas such as ponds and lakes, should be maintained and kept free of obstructions.
“You best flood insurance is a clean ditch,” Iannucci says.
For more information, visit www.nhcgov.com and then click on Agencies and Departments>Engineering>Drainage/Stormwater.
Date posted: June 17, 2010
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