Jessica Cowardin 804-524-6094


Aug. 11, 2017


SOUTH CHESTERFIELD — Just in time for August storms in the Richmond area, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Richmond District highlights ongoing VDOT maintenance work on drainage systems and reminds residents of the important roles they play in keeping water flowing during heavy rain. Late summer can bring thunderstorms and increased tropical activity, including impactful tropical storms and hurricanes, which can bring heavy rain and winds that blow debris into drainage systems.

Throughout the year, VDOT works to keep drainage facilities on state-maintained property clear of debris and obstacles that could result in standing water on the road. Crews routinely inspect sewer pipes and culverts in the area, replacing structurally deficient or damaged assets when needed.

Within the Richmond District, VDOT’s Customer Service Center receives more questions and requests about drainage than any other topic, rounding out to over 900 citizen calls, emails and online chats since January 1, 2017. Residents can assist VDOT in its mission to maintain good drainage by keeping facilities on private property clear of debris such as litter, dirt, leaves and other objects. Homeowners can also consult the flowchart below for information on what to do if a drainage issue occurs in their area.*

For more information on drainage in Virginia, visit For a brochure with tips on drainage in your area, visit To report a drainage problem on state-maintained property, call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623) or submit a request at

* Cities, towns and the secondary system of Henrico County are maintained by the locality.



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