Storm Drains

Storm Drain

Storm Drains - A Critical Part of Yreka's Infrastructure

Storm drains are known by a number of different names such as storm sewer, stormwater drain and municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4). They are a critical piece of infrastructure for the City of Yreka as they help prevent or reduce flooding. Storm drains collect runoff from rain or melted snow over:

  • Driveways
  • Houses
  • Parking lots
  • Sidewalks
  • Streets
  • Other non-permeable surfaces (a surface that does not absorb or let water pass through it)

This stormwater runoff picks up dirt, trash, oil, grease and other pollutants. Once the stormwater enters a storm drain, it will eventually drain into Yreka Creek.

Unlike the water that goes down a drain in your house, stormwater is not treated at the wastewater treatment plant. Any pollutants that the stormwater runoff picks up will end up in the Creek. It is critical for residents of Yreka to help prevent pollutants from entering storm drains.