Fall rainstorms can bring lots of rain, falling leaves and other debris. Those leaves can clog our local storm drains, making it difficult for standing water to be carried away from our homes.

One way you can help is by bringing a small rake or broom on your neighborhood walks. By brushing the leaves and debris away from the drain, you can help prevent flooding in your neighborhood. If you can, put them in a nearby yard waste bin, but if you can’t, even a little pile on the right of way is better than a flood!

If a small sweep into the yard waste bin isn’t enough to clear your drains, call the experts at Seattle Public Utilities at 206-386-1800.