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Public Communications (MS-11)
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598
Date: October 20, 2010
Contact: Chris May
Kitsap County Surface and Stormwater Management
Phone: 360-337-5777 or
No: 10-56

Prevent flooding: pick up leaves and keep the
storm drains clear

(Port Orchard, WA) Kitsap County Surface and Stormwater Management (SSWM) asks citizens to help prevent flooding by disposing of leaves properly and keeping the storm drains clear. Storm drains clogged with leaves can cause flooding.

Stormwater flows over roads and yards into storm drains and ditches. It empties directly into our streams and Puget Sound untreated.

Tips to Prevent Clogged Storm Drains

  • Sweep up or blow leaves – but not into the road or over storm drains.
  • Dispose of leaves by turning them into compost for your garden, putting them in curbside yard waste bins, or taking them to local composting facilities.
  • If you use a landscaping company, ask the landscaper to take the leaves with them.
  • Do not hose down dirt, leaves, or other pollutants into the storm drain.

Check Your Gutters and Downspouts

  • Clean and inspect your home’s roof gutters.
  • Replace leaky or broken gutters.
  • Make sure gutters are directed away from your house.

What to Do if You See a Clogged Storm Drain

  • Use a rake or stick to clear the drain.
  • If this does not help, report the blockage to Kitsap 1: (360) 337-5777.
  • NEVER remove a storm drain lid or attempt to clean a drain located in a busy street.

“Kitsap County performs regular maintenance of the stormwater system,” says Chris May, Kitsap County Surface and Stormwater Management Program Manager. “During the rainy season, we work extra hard to minimize local flooding, but we can’t be everywhere. People can help by maintaining their property and contacting us if they see a problem.”

Related Links:
For more information about the Surface and Stormwater Management program, visit

Kitsap 1
(360) 337-5777

Last Updated:  May 27, 2014