|| October 20, 2010
|| Chris May
Kitsap County Surface and Stormwater Management
Phone: 360-337-5777 or
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
- Replace leaky or broken gutters.
- Make sure gutters are directed away from
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:
- 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.”
For more information about the Surface and Stormwater Management program,