Storm Drainage: Protecting Properties and Communities

Posted on July 3, 2024

Storm drainage systems are a crucial component of urban infrastructure, playing a vital role in protecting both properties and communities from the damaging effects of excess water. At O.L. Thompson Construction Co., Inc., we understand the importance of effective storm drainage solutions and are committed to providing top-tier services that safeguard homes, businesses, and public spaces. In this blog, we’ll explore why storm drainage is essential, how it works, and what O.L. Thompson Construction Co., Inc. does to ensure efficient and reliable drainage systems.

The Importance of Storm Drainage Systems

Preventing Flooding

One of the primary functions of storm drainage systems is to prevent flooding. When heavy rains occur, water needs a place to go. Without proper drainage, rainwater can accumulate quickly, leading to flooding that can damage homes, roads, and other infrastructure. Effective storm drainage channels water away from these vulnerable areas, minimizing the risk of flooding.

Protecting Water Quality

Stormwater can carry pollutants such as oils, chemicals, and debris from urban areas into natural waterways. Proper storm drainage systems help filter and redirect this water, reducing the amount of pollution that reaches rivers, lakes, and oceans. This not only protects wildlife but also ensures cleaner water for human consumption and recreation.

Preventing Soil Erosion

Excess water runoff can cause significant soil erosion, which can damage landscapes and lead to further environmental degradation. Storm drainage systems help manage water flow, reducing the speed and volume of runoff and thereby mitigating erosion.

How Storm Drainage Systems Work


The first step in stormwater management is the collection of runoff. This is typically done through a network of drains, gutters, and catch basins that capture rainwater from streets, roofs, and other surfaces.


Once collected, the stormwater is transported through a series of pipes and channels. These conduits are designed to carry large volumes of water away from populated areas quickly and efficiently.


Before being released into natural water bodies, stormwater often undergoes treatment to remove contaminants. This can include filtration systems, sedimentation basins, and other technologies designed to improve water quality.


Finally, treated stormwater is safely released into rivers, lakes, or the ocean. In some cases, it may also be redirected for reuse in irrigation or other non-potable applications.

O.L. Thompson Construction Co., Inc.’s Commitment to Effective Storm Drainage

At O.L. Thompson Construction Co., Inc., we pride ourselves on our ability to design, implement, and maintain robust storm drainage systems. Our approach includes:

Advanced Technology

O.L. Thompson Construction Co., Inc. utilizes the latest technology in stormwater management. From state-of-the-art drainage materials to cutting-edge treatment systems, we ensure that our projects are equipped with the best tools available.

Skilled Workforce

Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to delivering high-quality results. We continuously train our staff on the latest industry standards and practices to maintain our reputation for excellence.

Sustainable Practices

We are committed to sustainability in all our projects. This includes incorporating green infrastructure, such as rain gardens and permeable pavements, which help manage stormwater naturally and promote environmental health.


Storm drainage systems are essential for protecting properties and communities from the potentially devastating effects of excess water. By preventing flooding, protecting water quality, and preventing soil erosion, these systems play a critical role in maintaining safe and healthy environments. At O.L. Thompson Construction Co., Inc., we are dedicated to providing top-notch storm drainage solutions that meet the needs of our clients and contribute to the well-being of our communities. Whether you are planning a new development or upgrading an existing system, O.L. Thompson Construction Co., Inc. is here to ensure your storm drainage needs are met with expertise and care.