Drainage Assistance Program

Assistance for drainage concerns

Last updated Oct. 05, 2016 - 10:59 am
  • Severe Erosion
  • Structural flooding

The City of Raleigh’s Stormwater Drainage Assistance Program provides help to citizens for drainage issues primarily occurring on private property, such as structural flooding or severe erosion impacting a structure, that are resulting from a public contribution of runoff. Problems must meet certain eligibility criteria and property owner(s) must be willing to donate the necessary easements to construct the improvements.

Eligible Projects

Street Flooding

Eligible projects must have a public contribution of water involved (drainage from City streets, rights of way or City owned property) and typically meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • structural flooding (flooding of living space, crawl space, HVAC units, etc.)
  • severe/active stream bank erosion (particularly impacting a structure or right-of-way)
  • failed drainage infrastructure
  • blocked or clogged drainage pipes on private property (resulting in severe erosion or structural flooding)
  • sinkholes over drainage pipes (as a result of failed stormwater infrastructure)

Non-eligible Projects

Examples of projects that are not eligible:

  • nuisance yard flooding
  • drainage problems caused by poor landscaping or yard grading
  • standing water from groundwater
  • minor stream bank erosion
  • roof/gutter drain problems
  • runoff from adjacent, private properties
  • pipes/fill that should have been permitted when installed but were not

Program Eligibility Requirements

stabilized stream
  1. Any landowner of subdivided and developed property, including residential, commercial or public entities, who pay the City's stormwater utility fee, is eligible to request drainage improvements.
  2. The land must receive stormwater runoff from a public street, right-of-way or other City property.
  3. Qualifying projects include those involving structural flooding, severe erosion, and blocked/clogged pipes due to inadequate or failing drainage infrastructure on private property.
  4. Property owners must be willing to donate the necessary temporary and/or permanent, public drainage easements at no cost to the City to complete the improvements.

Process for Requesting Drainage Assistance from the City

Completed Project

If you have a qualifying drainage problem affecting your property and would like to request City drainage assistance, please contact the Stormwater Management office at 919-996-3940 or via email at RaleighStormwater@raleighnc.gov.

Stormwater Management staff will contact you within 24 to 48 hours to arrange for a visit to your property to further evaluate the nature and scope of the drainage problem and to determine if your case would be eligible for the City drainage assistance.

If the drainage issue affecting your property is determined to be eligible for drainage assistance, staff will assess the severity and priority of the issue by scoring and ranking it within the Division’s projects’ prioritization list.

Subject to available funding (the Drainage Assistance Program is allotted $1.25 Million per year for projects), projects are ranked, prioritized and presented periodically to the City's Stormwater Management Advisory Commission (SMAC). The SMAC reviews projects up to six times per calendar year and makes recommendations for City Council consideration. The City Council may approve, deny, hold for future consideration, or request additional information concerning the drainage assistance request.

Upon approval by the City Council, and pending available staff resources and priority, drainage assistance projects next move into the design and regulatory permitting phase. Design and permitting of projects can require anywhere from six to nine months unless there are unusual or very challenging project parameters. Once design and permitting are complete, projects then move into the construction phase to be built based on priority and contractor availability.

Current Approved Projects

Approved and funded projects are listed below, including location and anticipated construction start date. It should be noted that start dates are estimates only, highly variable and subject to change, depending on, among other factors: relative priority to other projects, weather, contractor availability, and easement dedication and availability.

Project LocationAnticipated Construction Start
Aurora DriveEarly 2017
Basil DriveLate 2016
Baugh StreetWinter 2017
Belle Crest Drive & Valley Estates DriveLate Spring 2017
Brent RoadLate Fall/Early Winter 2016
Caraleigh Mills CourtSpring 2017
Chapel Hill RoadPending Competition
Courtland Drive (and Mordecai Drive)Winter 2016
Crestdale and Valleyfield CircleLate Spring 2017
Deer Track DriveSpring 2017
Doughton StreetFall 2016
E. Davie StreetEarly 2017
Gary StreetEarly Summer 2017
Glen Valley DriveEarly Spring 2017
Hunting Ridge RoadOctober 2016
Laketree DriveDecember 2016
Lodestar DriveLate 2016 / Early 2017
Mabry Mill StreetLate Spring 2017
Macon Place & Catawba StreetFall 2016
Mafolie CourtWinter 2016
Midwood DriveEarly 2017
Moultrie and Chicora CourtDecember 2016
North Hills Drive (Northbrook Club)Late Winter 2017
Northclift DriveEarly Fall 2016
Oakland Hills WayWinter 2016
Pinehurst Drive (and Astro Court)December 2016
Rembert DriveNovember 2016
Revere DriveOctober 2016
Rosenhaven DriveWinter 2017
Slade Hill RoadFall/Winter 2016
Tudor PlaceLate Spring 2017
Valey Lake DriveWinter 2017
Waterwood CourtLate Spring 2017
Wickham DriveFall 2016

This list is regularly updated as projects are added, completed, or as dates are adjusted.

Qualified Pending Projects

Qualified projects awaiting formal approval and funding can be found here. These projects have been determined to qualify for City drainage assistance but have not yet been formally approved or funded based on priority ranking/severity. Project rankings are routinely adjusted based on changes in conditions, addition or deletion of projects, etc.


Contact Stormwater Management at 919-996-3940 or email us at RaleighStormwater.

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