pick up leaves and keep the storm
(Port Orchard, WA) - Kitsap County Surface and
Stormwater Management (SSWM) requests that citizens help prevent flooding by
disposing of leaves properly and keeping the storm drains clear. Storm
drains clogged with leaves can cause local flooding of roads and private
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 debris
into the storm drain.
Check Your Gutters and Downspouts
- Clean and inspect your home’s roof gutters.
- Replace leaky or broken gutters.
- Make sure downspouts are directed away from
What to Do if You See a Clogged Storm Drain
- Use a rake, shovel handle or stick to clear
- 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.
- Do not wade into water when you are unsure of
“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 For more information about the
Surface and Stormwater Management Program, visit www.kitsapgov.com/sswm.
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