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City Releases Its Flood Safety, Stormwater Maintenance & Drainage Policies

DRIPPING SPRINGS, TEXAS – October 1, 2019 – While the Central Texas area is currently under drought conditions, September and October can be the year's wettest months on average. This is due to the threat from tropical weather systems, including hurricanes, which can bring torrential rains.


Because of this, the City of Dripping Springs wants residents to be prepared in advance of any storms, wants property owners to know the City’s responsibilities when it comes to storm drainage and what the responsibilities are for property owners. The City wants to “inform before the storm.”


The City’s Stormwater Responsibilities:

The City of Dripping Springs Maintenance Division oversees and maintains the City’s public stormwater system to prevent flooding during a normal rain event in the public right of way (ROW), such as public streets and sidewalks. Our stormwater conveyance system includes:

  • Storm drains and driveway pipes/culverts
  • Ditches and drainage channels
  • Drainage pipes
  • Regional detention ponds

Our system is designed to handle typical amounts of rain and may not be able to handle flash flooding or larger flooding events. To be sure that the public stormwater conveyance system is working properly, the City manages and takes care of the following:


Flooding to the public roadway (Note: In the event immediate flooding hazards appear, the City will remove potential flood obstructions as needed)

  • Severe erosion impacting or threatening public utilities or public roadways
  • Roadside ditches
  • Driveway culverts
  • Ditch to Pipe conversion or driveway widening
  • Drains under the roadway
  • Clogged storm drains


Property Owner’s Stormwater Responsibilities:

It’s important for homeowners, business owners and property owners to know what the City does not manage. Because these do not typically affect public safety, the following are not managed by the City of Dripping Springs and are the responsibility of the property owner:

  • Removal of weeds and vegetation
  • Mowing ditches
  • Fallen trees not blocking the flow of draining water
  • Mosquitoes
  • Stormwater runoff from one private property to another private property
  • Underground springs or groundwater
  • Flooding caused by being near or in a floodplain
  • Sinkholes on private property and/or not affecting public utilities or public roadways
  • Drainage conveyances determined to be under the State’s jurisdiction, will be maintained in a way compliant with their regulations.


The City Emergency Management Department has some great tips on reducing stormwater runoff and protecting your property during a rain event. You can find the tips on the Emergency Management section of the City’s website, City of Dripping Springs Emergency Management.


The policies above apply to all drainage infrastructure within City Right of Way (ROW) or easements. The City does not maintain that infrastructure within State ROW or easements. It is maintained by the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT). Their contact number is (512) 416-2901.


It’s also important for property owners to know that the City of Dripping Springs assumes no responsibility for the maintenance, installation or improvement of pipes or stormwater systems on private property. Where a drainage easement exists, the City may maintain, install or improve a stormwater system at its option for the clearly defined general public welfare.


If you would like more information or have questions, please contact Roman Baligad, Emergency Management Coordinator at or 512-858-4725. 

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