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City of Tacoma surface water crews do their best to keep the more than 17,000 public storm drains working properly. However, they can't clear off all the autumn leaves, especially during heavy rains, and that is where the City asks residents to do their part.
Here's a quick list of what to do in order to prepare for the stormy season:
- Keep storm drains clear of leaves and debris by using a broom or rake. Drains near street corners and low areas of streets and parking lots usually need special attention. Remember to be safe; do not wade into flooded areas.
- Place fallen leaves and other yard waste in your brown yard waste container or compost them in your garden. Please do not blow leaves into the street and leave them there. If you're a City of Tacoma residential customer, you can dispose of leaves at the Tacoma Landfill at no additional charge.
- Make sure that your gutters are clean and that downspouts are directed at least 10 feet away from your home or business.
- The City recommends using landscape barriers, such as rocks, to prevent bark, dirt and other landscape materials from washing into the streets and clogging drains.
If you're in an area where flooding is known to occur, keep sand bags on hand and put valuables in a high, dry location.
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