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Stormwater isn’t something most people think about, but dealing with it is a very important part of maintaining the City’s infrastructure. Without proper management programs in place, homes and roadways would be routinely flooded by even light rains. Broken Arrow receives about an average of 40 inches of rainfall each year. Accounting for the City’s more than 50 square miles, that’s a lot of stormwater to manage.
Over the past several years, the City of Broken Arrow has taken on several projects to improve stormwater management all over the City.
In 2011, voters approved a general obligation (GO) bond package for $2.3 million in stormwater improvements. Completed projects from that bond include:
Three remaining projects paid for by the 2011 bond will be completed this year. That includes:
In 2014, voters again approved $3.7 million in GO bonds for stormwater projects. Several of the drainage improvement projects approved in 2014 have already been completed, including:
2014 GO bond projects still under design or in construction include:
These projects help control runoff and make roads over creeks safer, but there is still plenty of work to do.
This August, the City will hold an election for a new set of GO Bond projects for the next several years.
While the final 2018 list has not been decided as of this writing, the proposed stormwater projects will further increase the flood protection for Broken Arrow homes, property, roads and the livelihoods of residents.