As simple as it may sound, keeping smaller ditches and streams free of debris can dramatically improve the run-off capacity of low-lying areas, as well as greatly reduce the occurrence of blockage that significantly contributes to flooding. Dumping in these areas increases the flood hazard. Property owners are encouraged to maintain the swales on their property, as well as keep any larger drainage channels or ditches that cross their property free of debris. For information pertaining to the maintenance of the regulated drains within Allen County, please call the Allen County Surveyor's Office at 260-449-7625.