Why is there always water in the drainage ditch?

Several factors contribute to standing water in drainage ditches. All drainage ditches throughout the Town connect to either the ocean or the sound and therefore are impacted by tidal influence and subject to inflow and outflow of water. The water table in the coastal environment can be extremely shallow or close to the land surface. Open drainage ditches can be several deep and intersect the shallow water table and the continued presence of water. Precipitation, surface runoff and resultant drainage flows can also impact water surface levels observed in open drainage ditches.

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1. How does the Town drainage system function?
2. Who do I contact to report a drainage issue?
3. What does the Town do to maintain the drainage system?
4. Why is there always water in the drainage ditch?
5. I have a drainage issue on my property, what can I do?
6. Can I fill in the ditch, swale or depression adjacent to the roadway?
7. My neighbor's stormwater runoff floods my yard! Can the Town help?
8. What can I do to help address flooding?