However, and here's where I would just like Adler to take a little responsibility, streets that border the ditch spill directly into the ditch.
Example, a catch basin on a street like Roger, runs through an easement between yards, under the bike trail system and into the ditch. Once the ditch is full, or water is restricted getting to the ditch by all the overgrown vegetation and trash, it backs up in the pipes and onto the streets. That has nothing to do with the sanitary lines like those downtown.
Turn the water on full blast in your bathroom sink. Slightly open the stopper so the water doesn't go down as fast as it is going in. Same thing with the ditch. In your bathroom, you end up mopping up a mess. In MESD world, they send people out to clean and cut the ditches a few weeks later.
This doesn't excuse the fact that city sewers are old and in need of repair and replacement. That will take big bucks and a major tax increase.