The effects of storms, heavy rains, and flooding can cause major damage to properties and even, in some cases, people’s lives. For citizens of Edmond, however, floods caused by heavy rains will soon be a forgotten memory thanks to the newly constructed rain garden. Now, the city will experience fewer floods because rainwater will immediately run off toward the rain garden.
A rain garden is a landscaped area that typically consists of plants, drains, and pipes that filter rainwater and prevent flooding. When heavy rains come, rainwater runs toward the garden and is drained through the pipes toward a river or other body of water.
The City of Edmond has constructed a $38,000 rain garden at the new Blake-Service Soccer Complex. The rain garden is a beautifully landscaped, 200-foot long garden that runs along a parking lot, and it includes a variety of water filtering components, including soil, mulch, gravel, and several drains and pipes.
According to Ryan Oschner, Landscape Architect of Edmond, the new storm solution is a simple approach. Once the rainwater runs off to the rain garden, it is filtered by the components of the garden and drains to the Arcadia Lake.