Catch basin

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1. A common drainage structure which allows surface water to flow into an underground network of pipes, and which also serves as a "junction box" for installed drain systems.

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This shows a diagram of how a catch basin intercepts stomr water and directs it toward a place to hold overrun water

Source: http://enviro.nfesc.navy.mil/stormwaterbmp/HTML/BMP24.htm