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Island County has a procedure for “drainage complaints”
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The first step is to try to figure out where the water is coming from. Runoff due to the slope of your property, downspouts and water across driveways can often be mitigated by Low Impact Development (LID) Methods. There are many resources available to help resolve drainage issues on your property.
Here are a few:
Visit the Whidbey Island Conservation District website or call 360-678-4708 for information
If water runoff from an Island County road, ditch or culvert is impacting your private property, please advise the Island County Public Works Department at 360.679.7331. Questions on erosion/slope stability may be directed to the Development Coordinators through the Planning Department at 360-679-7339.
Please note: On the older Plats within Island County the developers, in the dedication of the plat, included language stating:
"… Also the right to drain all streets over any lot or lots where water might take a natural course after the street or streets are graded.”
As a result of this language, Island County has the right to send public roadway drainage over and across private property. If the amount of water is considered excessive and occurs on a frequent basis, Island County Public Works will investigate.
Use the Service Request Application to submit a drainage complaint online or call the Public Works administrative staff at 360-679-7331.
The most helpful thing you can do is to take pictures and document the problem when it is occurring.
Things to include in your documentation: Date, location of flow or ponding, water level, origin of water, how often the problem occurs, etc.