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Posted on: October 2, 2018

Have You Checked Your Storm Drains Lately?

Fall brings wet weather and falling leaves, increasing the potential for flooding along roadways.

To lessen street flooding, the City asks residents and property managers to help clean the inlets and storm drains in front of your property. If it can be done safely, use a rake to clear leaves, limbs, and debris from the storm drain. Do not attempt to remove the grate, only the debris on top of the grate.

The best time to inspect the storm drains in front of your house or business is prior to a rain event and right after a rain, snow, or ice storm. If a storm drain is on a roadway with high traffic volume or limited sight distance for vehicles, the blockage can't be cleared or the roadway is flooded, call Public Works at (253) 851-8136 and report the particular location.

Please do not rake or blow the leaves from your property into the street. Place leaves and compostable debris in your yard waste cart.  For leaves that have fallen into the street, please keep them out of the channel right along the curb, where they will block the path of rainwater.

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