Lot owners are advised against filling in their ditches and covering culverts with landscape fabric. The road allowances are owned by the Dept. of Highways and have been designed for drainage. Filling in the ditches or covering culverts may create problems during snowmelt or rainstorms. Almost every spring we receive a heavy snowfall followed by rain. However, the ground is still frozen and the ditches allow for the removal of this large amount of water. Other communities have experienced flooded basements where owners had filled in their ditches and our community had yards flooded, which could have also lead to flooded basements. Also, please be aware that any landscaping in the road allowances is subject to removal should the Dept of Highways or any utility companies needing access to underground services.