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Public Communications (MS-11)
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598
Date: September 30, 2013
Contact: Chris May, Kitsap County Surface and Stormwater Management
360.337.5777 or
No: 13-090

Help prevent flooding during fall and winter storms
Follow these tips to keep your home and storm drains clear

(Port 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 and debris

  • 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

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Last Updated: 
May 27, 2014