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The Codes Corner: Prevent flooding by clearing drainage easements

— Upstate New York has had its share of flooding this month and the damage caused has been very expensive. Flooding of homes and properties can happen even when we do not live in flood prone areas (as defined by FEMA).

In many neighborhoods in the village of Baldwinsville there are drainage easements that are provided for proper drainage of rain and snowmelt. We at the code enforcement office have had complaints about easements that are being filled in with gardens, yard waste, etc. At this time, these are not code violations, but it may be causing basement flooding and erosion, which can become a civil court issue.

Sheds and fencing are not allowed to be built into the easement and the code enforcement office does look for and issue violations on structures that are not in compliance with New York State and Village Code(s).

We are asking that you review your survey and make sure any drainage easements are clear and able to flow properly. If you have questions about this please call or email.

Gregg Humphrey is the village of Baldwinsville’s codes enforcement officer. To contact him, call 635-2481, email ghumphrey@baldwinsville.org or visit baldwinsville.org.

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