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Frequently Asked Questions

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Who should I call to have my street repaired or reconstructed?
If the repair is for a pot hole you should contact the Transportation and Drainage Department at (979) 209-5900.  For all other repairs please contact the City's Engineering Department at (979) 209-5030 to inform them of the problem so that the street can be scheduled in a future year's maintenance contract.

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Who should I call if I want to know if a particular street in Bryan is going to be widened?
Please call the City's Engineering Department at (979) 209-5030.

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Who should I call to report obstructed views from driveways or streets?
Please call the City's Transportation and Drainage Department at (979) 209-5900.

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Who do I call if I want to request a new sidewalk be constructed?
Please call the City's Engineering Department at (979) 209-5030.

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Who do I call if I have a sidewalk adjacent to my property or use a sidewalk that is in poor condition?
The maintenance and repair of the sidewalk segment in front of each homeowner or business owner is the responsibility of that property owner.  You may contact the City's Code Enforcement Department at (979) 209-5544 for further questions or to report a sidewalk needing repair.

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Who should I call if the Water Department repairs a water line and does damage to my property?
You should contact the City's Water Department at (979) 209-5900.

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Who should I talk to if I want to put in a parking lot and want to know if it can be concrete or asphalt?
Please call the City's Planning Department at (979) 209-5030.

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How do I get a survey of my property?
The City does not have surveys of private property. You will need to contact a licensed surveyor to have one prepared.

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Does the City have standard construction details?
We do have construction details available in electronic format. These electronic details are available from our website in Adobe Acrobat format only:
Construction Details

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Can I build anything in an easement?
You should not construct any structures within an easement. One exception, however, is that wood or chain link fences may be placed in some easements.  Please contact the City's Engineering and Building Services Department at (979) 209-5030 for further clarification of your specific situation.

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How do I abandon an easement?
You should contact the City's Planning Services Department at (979) 209-5030 to obtain an easement abandonment form. You will need to have a surveyor prepare an exhibit and metes and bounds description of the area to be abandoned. You will also need to provide documentation that those entities that have rights to use the easement do not object to the abandonment.

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My neighbor has done some work on his lot and now I'm getting more runoff.  What can I do? 
Most often these situations are civil matters between the property owners. It does not violate city code for one lot to drain onto another, however it is against state code to divert or concentrate runoff, or block runoff from draining onto your property.  We advise that you meet with your neighbor and discuss the problem and to work toward a mutually agreeable solution.  If this is not possible, consider grading swales on your property to convey the runoff around your home.  Swales are depressions similar to wide shallow ditches that will collect runoff and take it to a more desirable area, typically the street.  If swales are graded, care should be taken to ensure that grass is established so that they do not immediately fill up with silt.  Occasionally, area drains may be considered.  However, we do not generally recommend them for surface flow situations.  Area drains typically do not have the capacity to handle the volume of runoff that is threatening to flood a home, and must be frequently cleaned of leaves and debris to function properly.  Property owners may consider contacting a local licensed civil engineer for assistance in developing possible solutions.

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I have discussed my drainage problems with my neighbor and they will not work with me.  I have considered placing swales or other improvements on my property, but it is not feasible.  Is the City responsible for ensuring proper drainage on my lot? 
The City is not responsible for ensuring proper drainage on privately owned property.  If it is impossible to remedy the problem by working with your neighbor, then civil court action may be taken.  This should be a last resort to resolving drainage problems.  Only if the neighbor is diverting or impounding water against its natural flow or unnaturally concentrating the flow would the neighbor be liable for damages.  If water is flowing as it naturally would, then the neighbor has no liability.  Property owners are responsible for maintaining drainage on their own property.  You could also consider hiring a licensed civil engineer with expertise in storm drainage to examine alternative solutions.

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There is new construction behind my lot and I'm having drainage problems due to the construction.  Is there anything the City can do to make the developer drain his development away from me?
There is a misconception that new development is not allowed to drain onto existing development. If the area drained onto the adjacent property prior to development, it may continue to do so after development.  New development may not worsen existing structural flooding as reported to the City. If problems are being created during construction, please contact the Engineering Department at (979) 209-5030 and we will investigate to determine whether the development is being properly constructed.  

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The new construction behind my house is causing a lot of dirt and sediment to enter my yard.  Can the City force the builder to place erosion protection on his lot? 
Please contact the City of Bryan's Building and Inspections Department at (979) 209-5010 or by email and report the source of the sediment.  It is helpful if you know the name of the adjacent development.  A Building Inspector will be assigned to visit the construction site in question and assure that appropriate erosion control measures are installed.  The developer of a subdivision or a commercial site is required to maintain sediment control on his property until adequate vegetation is established.

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My neighbor has been draining his swimming pool onto my lot.  Who can I contact to stop this?
If the pool is draining onto private property then it is a civil matter between property owners unless it is creating a nuisance to that property owner, then it is prohibited under the City's Nuisance Code.   It is a violation of city code to drain pool water into the street.  If swimming pool water is reaching the street or causing a nuisance on your property, please contact the Environmental Services Department at (979) 209-5900 and an Environmental Compliance Officer will investigate.  It is usually necessary to catch them “in the act”, so please call as soon as you notice it.  

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The creek behind my house is eroding and threatening my house and/or yard.  Can the City fix this problem?
If the creek is not designated as FEMA Floodway/Floodplain, the homeowner may place materials, such as concrete sacks, gabions, or rocks in the creek for erosion protection after visiting with the City.  Wood materials, including cross ties or landscape timbers shall not be placed in the creek.  Please contact the Transportation and Drainage Department for approval at (979) 209-5900 prior to placing anything in the creek. Care should be taken to match the flow line of the creek with the materials so that the creek capacity is maintained.  If the creek is designated as FEMA Floodway, then an engineering consultant should be hired to design the erosion control measures, coordinate with the City and determine if any correspondence with FEMA will be required.

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After it rains there is a puddle in my street gutter.  Will the City repair the street to eliminate the gutter ponding?
Please contact the Transportation and Drainage Department at (979) 209-5900 to determine if your street is publicly or privately maintained and if repairs can be made.  -

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The storm drain system on my street does not appear to be functioning as well as it used to.  What can the City do?
Please contact the Transportation and Drainage Department at (979) 209-5900.  The storm drain system may have become clogged.  If there is a problem with a public storm drain system, we can inspect for blockage and remove debris if present.  If the system is private, then it is the responsibility of the homeowners association or the individual homeowner to maintain the system.

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Am I allowed to construct a fence crossing a drainage easement?
Fences are allowed in drainage easements in some situations.  Proposed fences within drainage easements will be forwarded to the Engineering Department for evaluation.  We may allow a fence to be placed across a drainage easement if the drainage path is in a pipe underground and there is no overland flow of water in the easement.  Fences are never allowed across concrete channels, within natural creeks, or within the floodway.  Building permits are required for fences greater than 6 feet in height.

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What is the difference between public and private drainage systems?
Public drainage systems are located within public drainage easements or street right-of-way.  We typically require that a system be public when it crosses a lot line.  Public drainage systems are the city's maintenance responsibility.  Private drainage systems are located on private property and may or may not be located within private drainage easements.  Private drainage systems typically do not cross lot lines and are generally used to collect runoff on a specific lot.  Private drainage systems are required to be maintained by the property owner.

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When it rains water flows over the street curb and floods my home.  Is there anything that the City can do?
Please contact the Transportation and Drainage Department at (979) 209-5900 and we will investigate.  There could be a problem with the street capacity when storm water flows over the curb.  If this is the case and a structure is flooding, then the problem will be submitted to the appropriate department for review.  Typical solutions to this problem are: construction of an overflow flume; construction of berms and reconstruction of driveways to keep the water in the street; or construction of an inlet and pipe system to connect to an existing drainage system.  However, if the home is constructed at an elevation below the street level, there may not be an effective way to solve the problem. 

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There is some ponding in the creek behind my house.  Water will sit for several days and there is a mosquito problem when this happens.  Who can I call?
Typically, homeowners are responsible for the maintenance of the creek adjacent to their property.  Contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (979) 209-5528 for information related to mosquito control.

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A hole has developed in my yard over a City pipe system.  What can the City do?
Please contact the Water Services Department at (979) 209-5900.   If the system is public, we can investigate the cause of the problem and repair the system if necessary.  If the system is private, then the owner of the system is responsible for maintenance.

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The concrete channel behind my house has become overgrown with weeds in the joints and along the banks.  There is also trash and debris from an unknown source within the channel.  Will the City clean this up?
Please contact the Transportation and Drainage Department at (979) 209-5900.  If the channel lies within a city drainage easement, a work order will be issued and they will call you to discuss the problem.  Work loads and other priorities will determine when the channel will be cleaned.  You are responsible for maintaining the area between your fence line and the beginning of the concrete channel.

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My driveway culvert has become clogged and no longer drains properly.  Will the City come out and clean out my culvert?
City crews will clean and regrade ditches as needed, but homeowners are responsible for cleaning out driveway culverts.

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I have a drainage problem on my property and none of the above questions seem related to it.  Who can I call?
Please contact the Engineering Department at (979) 209-5030.  When you call this number, the receptionist will ask you a few general questions to get an idea of the concern.  The receptionist will then assign the call to an engineer.  The engineer will research the location and will call you back to discuss your concerns.

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