Stormwater improvement projects
Recent rains have kept stormwater crews busy, but thanks to several newly completed stormwater projects and rain gardens, many areas are no longer flooding. In just the first 4 days of August, Wilmington has had almost 3 inches of rain. The City of Wilmington is only 50 feet above sea level, so stormwater and proper drainage are vital to the area.
Since 1999, the City of Wilmington has completed approximately $33.5 million in stormwater and drainage improvement projects, and many more that were done in conjunction with other projects such as street repaving. Another $35 million in projects are already planned for the future.
Some of the recently completed projects include:
- Along the newly widened Randall Parkway
- Replacement of drainage systems at the intersection of Front and Walnut Streets and the intersection of Water and Ann Streets, downtown
- $885,000 in drainage improvements along Cardinal Drive near George Trask Drive
- Drainage improvements on Oleander Drive
- Park Avenue, Rose Avenue
- $300,000 in drainage improvements along Antelope Trail
Upcoming drainage improvement projects:
- S. Branch of Bradley Creek/Michelle Drive - This $3.8 million project involves replacing major stormwater drainage systems in the area and stream restoration for part of the south branch of Bradley Creek.
- Clear Run Branch - This $9.6 million project will be one of the largest drainage improvement projects the city has ever done. It's a 2-phased, multi-year project that will eventually help flooding on New Centre Drive.
- Brookshire-Beasley area - This $4 million project will be another of the largest drainage improvement projects the city has ever done.
- Brenda Drive
- Greenville Avenue
- Lincoln Outfall
- Wisteria Lane/Clearbrook
Click here to view a map showing completed and planned projects.
After completion in early May
During Hurricane Arthur
Less than 24 hours after Arthur
In addition, several rain gardens - like the one pictured above next to Tidal Creek - have been installed throughout the city. Not only do rain gardens help handle potentially polluted stormwater runoff, but they also help prevent flooding. Rain gardens are designed with a shallow depression to allow polluted stormwater to be filtered, cleaned, and absorbed by vegetation and soil.
Things residents can do
- Keep your yard and the area around your storm drain free of debris that could prevent rainwater from draining properly.
- Use a rain barrel to capture and recycle rainwater. The City of Wilmington and the New Hanover Soil & Water Conservation District offer rain barrels at a discounted rate, but there is a limited supply. A record number of rain barrels were sold in May. Get more information here on purchasing a rain barrel.
- Never try to cross any water ponding on the roadways - either on foot or in a vehicle. Remember, turn around and don't drown.