The Stormwater Division is responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of the City’s Stormwater (drainage) infrastructure. The City has a comprehensive Stormwater maintenance and rehabilitation program to ensure proper drainage through the City, and that program is being greatly enhanced with investments in improving the aging system. The City conducts Stormwater modeling every other year to determine priorities for Stormwater rehabilitation projects. The goal is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Palm Coast through a full range of municipal services and a comprehensive program of Stormwater Management.
Ongoing Stormwater maintenance programs and rehabilitation projects include:
- Front-yard swale maintenance
- Drainage pipes
- Water control structures such as weirs
- Drainage ditches
- Freshwater and saltwater canals
- Freshwater Lakes
- Culvert Pipes
Comprehensive Management Plan
The City of Palm Coast’s Stormwater drainage system is designed to protect homes and businesses from flooding. All of the City’s canals, swales, water control structures and Stormwater storage areas are designed to work together to handle the abundance of rainfall we receive in this area. Historically the system has worked well with the City maintenance focused largely on pipe cleanouts and swale regrading. In Recent years, especially with receiving back-to-back hurricanes in 2016 and 2017, the City has recognized the need for increased drainage improvements especially with ditches and canals. The Stormwater drainage system was built by ITT in the 1970’s and 80’s when the population of Palm Coast was one tenth of its current size.The infrastructure is aging, and the demands on the system have grown along with Palm Coast’s population.
The City has embarked on an enhanced comprehensive Stormwater management plan to address the emerging drainage issues. A Master Plan has been developed to address these issues which takes a big-picture look at the swales, ditches, canals, water control structures, pipes, and drainage basins and how they work together. New solutions will focus more on the ditches and freshwater canals and will have a greater long-term impact on improving the drainage system across Palm Coast.