|| October 13, 2014
|| Chris May, Stormwater Division
|| 360.337.5777 or
Prevent flooding by cleaning gutters and keeping
leaves out of storm drains
Prepare for the rain: Tips to keep
your home and storm drains clear of leaves
(Port Orchard, WA) Kitsap
residents can 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 property.
Tips to Prevent Clogged Storm Drains
Keep neighborhood storm drains free of
leaves and debris
If you see a clogged storm drain, use a
rake, shovel handle or stick to clear the drain.
If this does not help, report the blockage
to Kitsap1: 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
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 Stormwater Division
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 For more information about the Stormwater Division,
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If you are unable to reach the contact person please
Doug Bear, Public Communications Manager
at 360.337.4598 for assistance.