December 10, 2014
If you have a stormdrain inlet/grate near your home, one of the best ways to help avoid localized flooding is to keep it clear of leaves and debris. To remove leaves and debris away from grates, take a rake or shovel and drag the debris sideways away from the grate. Do not leave the leaves or debris in the gutter or near the grate as this will cause the debris to be washed right back onto the grate. Always use proper safety precautions! If you are going to step off of the sidewalk to clean grates, be sure to look for oncoming traffic and other pedestrians.