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High Winds and Rain Predicted for Weekend

October 22, 2010

Tacoma (City of Tacoma News Release) - Word has it that Mother Nature is revving up for a wet and wild fall and winter. This weekend's forecast predicts up to 2 inches of rain and strong winds, as the La Niņa weather pattern kicks in.

Here's a list of steps you and your neighbors can take to avoid fall and winter flooding problems:

  • 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.
  • Dispose of fallen leaves and other yard debris properly. City of Tacoma residential customers can place leaves and yard debris in their brown yard waste containers, compost them in their gardens or take them to the Tacoma Landfill at no additional charge.
    Please do not blow leaves into the street.
  • Direct downspouts at least 10 feet away from your home or business, and make sure your gutters are clear of any debris.
  • Use landscape barriers, such as rocks (or sandbags), 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 sandbags on hand and put valuables in a safe place.

Consider lending a helping hand to family members, friends or neighbors who might need a little extra help getting their yard or home prepped for winter.

City of Tacoma crews do their best to keep Tacoma's 18,000-plus public storm drains working properly. However, they can't clear off all the leaves, especially during heavy rains, and that is where the City asks residents to help out.

To report storm water flooding, call (253) 591-5585.

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