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Nov 26

Remove leaves now to prepare for coming rains

Posted on November 26, 2018 at 6:27 pm by Clay Curtin

The National Weather Service predicts an active weather pattern will redevelop by Tuesday, November 27, as a weather system spreads light to moderate rain across much of the region. A second, stronger, system is then forecast to affect the region on Wednesday night and Thursday. Widespread moderate to heavy rain, especially Wednesday night and Thursday morning, may occur. Heavy rain rates may result in temporary local flooding of low-lying areas and ponding on roadways.

With the heavy leaf season upon on us, please do not push leaves into your curb or neighbor’s yard. Leaf piles have the potential to block storm drains and camouflage potential hazards.

Storm system drains have limited capacity and even a small amount of debris can obstruct the grates that prevent debris from entering the storm system. Unfortunately, many species of trees in our area drop their leaves just before our rainy season begins, increasing the risk of blockage. In certain cases, failure to remove leaf debris in a timely manner can reduce water flow and increase street flooding roadway when the drains become clogged.

You can help reduce the risk of flooding by taking a few simple steps in advance of storms:
  • Collect and properly dispose of leaf debris weekly during rainy season and at a minimum before large storms are expected.
  • If you have one, always use your yard waste container to contain the leaves prior to pick-up by the collection company.
  • If you have too many leaves to fit in the yard waste container, store excess leaves in the parkstrip or your front yard to reduce the amount of debris that can enter storm system.
  • Remove leaves and loose debris from the top of storm drain inlets with a rake or shovel.

Remember to collect and dispose your leaves in your green compost bin.

For questions or for more information, contact Public Works Supervisor Hugo Torres at 650-330-6780. 

Please continue to monitor the latest forecasts and be prepared for wet and windy weather this week, especially on Wednesday night and Thursday.

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