Huntington is mostly impervious. That means that rainfall does not soak into the ground as it would in the woods. When rainfall cannot naturally soak into the ground and runs off – it causes problems.
One of the problems of uncontrolled stormwater runoff is localized nuisance flooding. There are two reasons for this: one, because many of the old pipes were not sized to carry large amounts of runoff, and two, until 2013, Huntington had not required stormwater management at new developments. Therefore, as the city was being built out in the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, consideration was not given to where the stormwater would go as more and more land was paved over and developed.
In 2013, The City began to require stormwater management at development sites that met certain thresholds.