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Pollution of stormwater occurs when illicit discharges containing toxic and hazardous materials are disposed of into the storm sewer system. Because stormwater is not treated, these toxic and hazardous materials make their way into various bodies of water throughout the area. The addition of these materials can harm wildlife and destroy habitats for various organisms.
Flooding occurs during especially heavy rains when the storm sewer system cannot the excess surface water runoff flowing to the drains. This can cause overflowing of the systems, which can cause flooding of roads.