Streets/Storm Drainage Division
The Street Department maintains approximately 87 miles of paved roads and approximately 9 miles of unpaved roads. We use our pavement condition study prepared in 2005 to identify City Streets in need of repair. The study rates streets in need of repair by a score and we resurface the streets in need of repair as funds are available. Our goal is to maintain streets in the most efficient way possible. The Street Department maintains the street signs, assists other departments with demolition of condemned structures, enforces the lot cutting ordinance by requiring property owners to keep lots at a minimum standard, and administers the mosquito program during the summer months, usually between April and September. We have two street sweepers we operate year-round. We concentrate on the main thoroughfares and all streets with curb and gutters. We run a route system and the time to complete the routes depends on the leaf and debris volume.
Storm Drainage Department
The Storm drainage department maintains the piped storm drainage system and the open ditches that carry storm waters to larger tributaries.
The Storm Drain department is responsible for maintenance and repair of the storm drainage system in the City limits of Laurinburg. This department routinely cleans the drainage system and removes any obstacles obstructing the flow of water. This department also makes structural improvements to insure that the system is able to and reasonably handle water flow. Residents are reminded to never dispose of leaves, grass clippings, oil, or trash in to the drainage system or in a location, such as a roadway or curb & gutter lines, where debris could be swept into the system by storm water. Such actions may result in serious flooding during the next storm. Unlike the water that goes down your drain to the sewer, water that flows into storm drains is not treated and filtered for pollutants. This contaminated water flows into canals, into streams and lakes, and then ends up in the ocean. Everything other than pure rain water is a potential contaminant that degrades water quality. It's very important that you help prevent contaminants from flowing into storm drains and never pour anything into them. Intentionally pouring water and pollutants into street gutters and storm drains is dangerous to the environment and is also illegal.