Part of the natural process for a stream is to "pick up" sediment from one location and "drop off" sediment in another location. A favorite "drop off" spot is culverts and bridges where water slows down, allowing heavier particles (rock, pebbles, sand, soil) to settle out.
|Grass growing on sediment clogging a culvert under Nifong.|
|Sediment inside a culvert reducing capacity for stormwater runoff.|
The stormwater utility crew is currently removing sediment and debris from the larger culverts and bridges around town.
|Culvert under Nifong, recently cleaned by stormwater utility crew.|
Your safety is important to us! If you know of a stormwater structure that is a hazard and needs some attention, please contact us at (573) 874-6289 or pubw@GoColumbiaMO.com.
Meanwhile, if you see the Public Works stormwater utility crew out cleaning a culvert near your home or fixing a broken storm inlet, thank them for keeping you and your neighbors safe!