Prepare your Home Before it Rains
County staff performs regular maintenance
the web of components that make up our publicly owned stormwater system to
help reduce flooding potential. Your
property at home also needs maintenance to ensure adequate drainage during
heavy rains. Here’s what you can do
to prepare for the worst of winter weather.
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Know the stormwater system on
Knowing the location and components of your stormwater system helps to
determine what maintenance is needed.
Check with your builder to get stormwater system information for your home.
Make sure the components of your system are clean and functional.
Consider the impact of drainage from your property to neighboring
downstream areas, and do not let the water draining from your property
create or aggravate landslides, erosion or flooding.
Inspect your gutters
One of the best ways to prepare for the winter rains is to inspect and
remove leaves, pine needles, and other debris from your gutters as needed.
Clogged, leaking or broken gutters lead to flooding and property
Cleaning Gutters Safely
Keep storm drains clear
job of a storm drain is to collect water and move it downstream.
Storm drain grates cluttered with leaves, garbage and other debris
block flow and create flooding.
NEVER REMOVE THE LID OR CLIMB INTO A CATCH BASIN, AND NEVER ATTEMPT TO CLEAN
A STORM DRAIN LOCATED IN A BUSY STREET. Call us at 360-337-5777, or
call 911 for
after hour emergencies.
Keep driveway culverts clear
Driveway culverts connect open ditches on either side of a driveway.
This allows water to flow under, rather than over, the driveway. Do not fill
in or pave over open ditches. Keep culverts clear of rocks and debris. This
helps avoid flooding. If you can’t clear the culvert, contact you local
Public Works agency. They may be able to help.
Maintain Your Infiltration System.
Downspouts on many homes connect to an infiltration system that allows
runoff to soak into the ground. Keep
systems working effectively by cleaning sediment and debris as needed from
the catch basin(s). If you need assistance,
professional maintenance company.
See an issue outside your property?
Report flooding or drainage problems in the public stormwater system
at 360-337-5777 or
Tips for Homeowners: Keep Stormwater Runoff
360.337.5777 or 800.825.4940