Flood management measure: Gutter


A gutter is a non-permeable open drain to collect transport rainwater. Usually a gutter runs along a road. It is connected to either a manhole or a surface water body (Huizinga R.P., 2015, p. 60). A gutter alleviates water buildup on a street, allowing pedestrians to pass without walking through puddles and reducing the risk of hydroplaning by road vehicles. When a curbstone is present, a gutter may be formed by the convergence of the road surface and the vertical face of the sidewalk; otherwise, a dedicated gutter surface made of concrete may be present. Depending on local regulations, a gutter usually discharges in a storm drain whose final discharge falls into a detention pond (in order to remove some pollutants by sedimentation) or into a body of water.
(Wikipedia, Street gutter, accessed on Sept. 2016)

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A slope of at least 1:500 should be designed to ensure water flow
(Huizinga R.P., 2015, p. 60).


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Last modified: Sept. 15, 2016, 11:32 a.m.