Fall means leaves and clogged street drains

Nov 1st, 2018 | By | Category: News

Leaves in their fall colors are a pretty sight—until they end up clogging street drains and creating mini-ponds for drivers and pedestrians to navigate.

Local counties and cities are reminding residents to help reduce roadway flooding by keeping storm drains free of leaves.

For instance, in Pierce County, it helps a lot if folks check storm drains near their homes “to make sure they aren’t blocked by leaves,” said Dennis Hanberg, director of the county’s Planning and Public Works Department.

Some tips:

  • Put leaves and other yard debris in yard waste bins for pickup.
  • Remove leaves from storm drains with a rake.
  • If a blockage can’t be cleared, the roadway is flooding or a storm drain is on a busy road, call for help. If you live in unincorporated areas of Pierce County or King County, dial 253-798-6000 or 206-477-8100, respectively. If you live in a city, consult its website.

Leaves aren’t the only problem this time of year for roads. Significant rainstorms may cause roadside storm drains and ditches to overflow and flood the roadway. As rain saturates the ground, there is also an increased risk of downed trees and landslides.

Motorists shouldn’t drive through standing water, near downed trees or utility lines, or around road-closure barricades, officials note.

Local counties and cities are reminding residents to help reduce roadway flooding by keeping storm drains near their homes free of leaves.

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