FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|| September 30, 2013
Chris May, Kitsap County Surface and Stormwater Management
360.337.5777 or email@example.com
Help prevent flooding during fall and winter storms
Follow these tips to keep your home
and storm drains clear
Orchard) - This past weekend's storm announced the arrival of fall
and winter storm season. Storm drains, gutters and downspouts clogged with
leaves can cause local flooding of roads and your private property. You can
help prevent flooding by following these simple tips.
Tips to Prevent Clogged Storm Drains
Keep neighborhood storm drains free of
leaves and debris
If you see a clogged storm drain, se a
rake, shovel handle or stick to clear the drain.
If this does not help, report the
blockage to Kitsap 1 by calling 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 the depth
Check Your Gutters and Downspouts
Clear gutters and downspouts of leaves
Replace leaky or broken gutters.
Make sure downspouts are directed away
from your house.
Tips to Dispose of Leaves
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 blow or sweep leaves into the road
or storm drain.
“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. 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, visit