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Public Communications (MS-11)
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598
Date: October 12, 2015
Contact: Chris May, Kitsap County Stormwater Division
360.337.5777 or
No: 2015-110

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) - Saturday’s rain and wind storm reminds us fall weather produces heavy rains. With almost 2 inches of rain, some local flooding was seen due to leaves covering drains. 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 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, ditches 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.”

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Last Updated: 
October 12, 2015