Water Drainage & Ponds
are many storm water management basins or ponds, and
other drainage structures and channels located
throughout the property in the Burke Centre
Conservancy. While not all of these areas are designed
to hold water on a continual basis, even these dry
ponds and basins can pose a risk of harm, especially
to children, when certain conditions are present...
Water Drainage and Pond Areas. Parents
and others are asked to remind children to be
cautious around all storm water management ponds and
facilities, and children should be instructed not to
go in the water. Many of these areas are subject to
dramatic and rapid changes during flood events and
these areas can create hazardous conditions
including sudden drop-offs, subsurface currents and
the risk of entanglement due to vegetation or debris
within the pond or facility.
must not allow their children to play in or around
any storm water management pond or facility,
especially after any heavy rainfall or when drainage
areas are holding water. When these drainage areas
contain water, they are often muddy and may appear
shallow. However, these areas often have the
capacity to hold water deep enough to present a
drowning risk to anyone that may enter the area.
you notice a drainage area that appears to be
clogged, flooded or holding water for an inordinate
amount of time, contact the County's Storm Water
Management Division at (703) 934-2800, and the
Conservancy office at (703) 978-2928.
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