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Posted on: October 15, 2020

Leaves, Rain, and Public Works!


As we move into the rainy season and leaves start to fall, the Public Works Department starts turning its attention to the City’s drainage system. Street sweeping is a component of the drainage system maintenance. However, with close to 1,800 storm drains in town, we could use your help by making sure your storm drains are clear near your home to keep the stormwater flowing! The City is encouraging residents to clear any blocked storm drains that are adjacent to or in front of their property, keeping in mind: 

  • Please do not create piles of leaves expecting the sweeper to sweep them away.  Use your yard waste tote so they can be composed.
  • DO NOT rake leaves and debris into the street, ditchlines, or right of ways.  
  • The sweeper cannot handle large piles of leaves. If the sweeper encounters large piles of leaves they must drive around them or the pile of leaves could damage the street sweeper and the process may come to a screeching halt.
  • Municipal Code 16.25.025 makes it illegal to collect lawn clippings, leaves or branches and discharge them into the path of surface water.
  • Never try to clear a storm drain or culvert if there is moving water greater than knee deep, and always be wary of traffic when working near a roadway. 

Wet leaves are surprisingly heavy, so be careful not to overexert yourself. Debris from storm drains should be placed in yard waste containers. If flooding is severe, or you find evidence of dumping, please call 206-368-5440.

This is also a good reminder to keep an eye on your vegetation encroaching onto the right-of-way. This affects the City’s ability street sweep and creates sightline hazards for pedestrian, bikers, and vehicles. Please help us by keeping trees and shrubs trimmed to 12 feet above the walkway and street surface so the community can enjoy the walkways and have a clear sightline of traffic.  

Click here for more info on flood protection!