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Public Communications (MS-11)
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598

Date: October 12, 2016
Contact: Chris May, Kitsap County Stormwater Division
360.337.5777 or
No: 2016-090

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) – The National Weather Service is forecasting up to 3” of rain and 60 mph wind gusts Thursday night through Friday morning. A second system will move through the area this weekend. Kitsap residents can help prevent flooding by disposing of leaves properly and keeping the storm drains clear of leaves. 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.”

Additional safety and emergency information can be found at

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Last Updated:  October 12, 2016