A repaired stream in a backyard.

Stream stabilization

Drainage Assistance Program

A voluntary program addressing flooding and erosion on private property

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Requirements Not Eligible 4-Step Process Approved Projects Pending Projects

Are you experiencing severe flooding or erosion at your home/building?

Apply for this program! It pays for drainage issues caused by stormwater runoff coming from public streets. 

This is a voluntary program with projects paid for by the City of Raleigh. We'll help with flooding, severe erosion, and blocked pipes impacting your home/building.


You must meet these four requirements to qualify:

  1. Own residential, commercial or public property in Raleigh.
  2. Have stormwater runoff coming from public streets on your property.
  3. Willing to donate a permanent drainage easement.
  4. Pay the stormwater utility fee.

Not Eligible

We cannot help with the following issues. 

Nuisance yard flooding Standing water
Drainage issues from landscaping and yard grading Minor erosion
Stormwater runoff from private properties next to you Roof/gutter problems

See a clogged stormwater drain or pipe? Contact stormwater maintenance

4-Step Process

There are several steps to completing a project through this program. 

1 - Give us a call 

Do you have a stormwater issue that may qualify for the program? Let us know at 919-996-3779 or StormwaterDrainage@raleighnc.gov

Please allow 24-48 hours for us to respond to an inquiry. We'll get more details from you and ask that you fill out a program request form provided by staff.  

2 - Prioritizing Projects 

If you quality, we'll assess the severity of your project. We'll score and rank it with other drainage projects. Please note, we have about $1.75 million a year dedicated to this program. 

3 - Approvals

We approve about 10 projects a year. The Stormwater Management Advisory Commission and Raleigh City Council review and approve these projects. 

It may take some time for your project to get to this point. Project funding and timing are not based on when a person submits their request form to us. We base funding on a project's prioritization score. There are several projects on the waiting list. 

4 - Design, Permitting and Construction 

Once a project is approved we move to design and construction. 

  • Design and permitting (about six to nine months or longer if the project is complex)
  • Construction (about six months) - A project cannot move forward without a permanent drainage easement

Pending Projects

We have several projects that are waiting for approval. We approve about 10 projects per year, with $1.75 million available in funding. Approved projects are based on their prioritization score (not when you submit your request form). 

You will notice that your project rank may change on the list. This is based on the severity and score of other projects. Thank you for your patience as we continue to move projects forward. 

View a list of pending projects



Chas Webb, PE
Engineering Supervisor

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Engineering Services
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