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Who is responsible for cleaning drainage ditches, the city or the homeowner?

Ken Little

If the ditch is in the public street right of way, then the city of Wilmington will maintain it for drainage function, city spokeswoman Malissa Talbert says.

The property owner is responsible for “aesthetic maintenance,” she says, including regular mowing.

If the ditch or creek is on private property, the city will maintain it if there is an officially accepted easement, Talbert says.

“An example of this type of situation may be where the city has constructed some improvements to the ditch or creek or where a subdivision was created and the drainage was improved as part of the development process,” she says.

Otherwise, it’s generally the responsibility of the property owner to keep ditches on their property cleaned out.

The city’s stormwater management program is only in effect inside city limits. There is no stormwater management program outside the city, Talbert says.

City property owners with stormwater maintenance questions can call (910) 341-4646.

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