Torrential rainfall had city crews scurrying to perform damage control in various parts of Maryville Wednesday.
Peach Creek escaped its banks in Judah Park, forcing closure of a recently constructed footbridge, and in several low spots water gurgled from beneath flooded manholes.
Public Works Director C.E. Goodall said there is really no way to plan for such a heavy volume of precipitation — as much as 4 inches in some places — but that preventive work performed last year paid off.
That work included lining the park portion of Peach Creek with rock and adding a couple of drainage basins at the south end of the stream just north of Route V.
Though several lawns near the creek were under water, Goodall said the flooding was not as severe as in past years.
He also said the flooded manholes highlighted the importance of continuing City Hall's effort to cut down on "infiltration and inflow" into the city's sanitary sewer system, but added that the sheer volume of water from yesterday's storm meant any raw sewage was significantly diluted before entering streams and ditches.
Except for water backing up into a number of basements, Goodall said the heavy rain inflicted little damage on property or municipal infrastructure.