We do not have the budget or personnel to check the entire length of the ditch 24/7.
We count on members of the ditch to do their part and clean the ditch that goes through their land. That requires you to put screens/grills on culverts and pipes that have an opening on your land. We also expect you to check and clean them on a daily basis. With the numerous wind storms this year the requirement to do that increases to several times a day.
The current blockage was created by children throwing items into the ditch and those items allowed to go into an underground pipe which became stuck. A well placed screen/grill would have prevented that from happening.
The high winds we have been having lately has created a lot of extra work to keep the ditch running at full capacity. Please check your ditch regularly to remove debris from grates, screens, and culverts. Here are a few photos we took prior to cleaning out the head gate and stacking rocks in the creek. We still need to have the tree removed.
Please check your ditch in the morning and at night. Clean all screens and remove all debris. Do not dump your grass clippings and yard waste into the ditch.