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The majority of the Warner Drain is a legally established drain under the jurisdiction of the Kent County Drain Commission (KCDC).  The headwaters of the drain start as an open channel at the NE ¼ of section 21, T5N, R12W, of Byron Township southwest of the intersection  of 84th St and Byron Center Ave,.  The drain flows northerly and easterly in a combination of open channel and storm sewer to the outlet just south of the intersection of Byron Center Ave. and Whistleton Dr (SW ¼ Section 10, T5N, R12W, Byron Township).

On June 7 and 8, 2008 a rainfall event dropped approxi-mately 5 inches of storm water in 6 to 12 hours, this event equates to a 50 year to 100 year event.  The runoff from this event overwhelmed portions of the Warner drain.  There was flooding upstream of the established portion of the Warner drain (along Woodhaven Street), at the 24” clay pipe just east of Kent Trails, and at the mobile home park just south of 84th Street. The pictures below were taken by a resident on Woodhaven who experienced significant flooding.

Below are photos taken during December 2008 when there was a lot of rain and snow melt.

In addition to this flooding, downstream on this water-course where it becomes the Knight Drain, additional flooding occurred.  Furthermore, on two other occasions storm events caused additional flooding on the Warner Drain’s course and also downstream of the Warner Drain’s outlet.

Working in conjunction with the Kent County Drain Commission, the scope of this project is to model the Warner Drain using computer software and propose alternatives for a solution to the flooding problems.