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Reduce flooding by keeping storm drains clear10/24/2019

​Fall is here and with it comes heavy rains, wind and falling leaves. The National Weather Service is forecasting significant rain through the weekend. Clogged storm drains can cause local flooding of roads and private property. Kitsap County Public Works Department urges residents to help reduce flooding by cleaning up yard debris and keeping storm drains clear.

How 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 on Kitsap County's new, easy to use app: See Click Fix.
  • 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.

Disposing 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.

For questions, to report blocked storm drains, or for flooding issues, use the new See Click Fix app, call 360.337.5777  or email:

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