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Prevent street flooding: Pick up fall leaves before the weather gets wet

October 13, 2010

Tacoma (City of Tacoma news release) - When leaves and debris pile up in the street, storm drains can clog and cause streets and homes to flood. Help prevent flooding problems in your neighborhood by disposing of leaves and yard waste properly and promptly, and by keeping streets and storm drains free from debris.

What you can do with that pile of leaves:

Use leaves as compost in your garden.

City of Tacoma residential rate payers can place leaves in their brown yard waste container for pickup.

Take leaves and yard waste to the Tacoma Landfill, 3510 S. Mullen St. (No additional fee for City of Tacoma residential rate payers.)

If you discover a clogged storm drain causing street flooding:

Use a rake, broom or stick to try to clear the blockage.

Do not wade into large puddles of water.

If you cannot clear the blockage, or you see a storm drain that is not working properly, please report flooding problems to (253) 591-5585.

Property owners are responsible for properly disposing of leaves and yard waste, including leaves from trees in the right-of-way. Please do not blow or rake leaves into the street or alley. If you use a yard maintenance service, please tell them not to blow or rake leaves into the street or alley.

Surface water crews do their best to keep the City's 17,000-plus storm drains working properly. However, the City does not have a leaf pickup program, and the surface water crews can't remove all the leaves from storm drain grates, especially during heavy rains.

For more information, visit or call (253) 591-5585.

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