Flooding Prevention and Fallen Leaves
Reduce Flooding by Cleaning Your Storm Drains
Did you know those drains along the street are there to prevent flooding? Did you also know that most of them drain to a creek and eventually to the Ohio river?
One step you can take this fall to improve water quality and flooding in your neighborhood is to keep those drains clean of debris. If the grates are blocked by fallen leaves, the storm drain can get clogged and water can back up, flooding our streets and our homes. Now that the leaves have fallen from our city trees, it is a good time to clear the debris from your storm drain. The leaves can be put in your compost, paper bags or bins to be collected on yard waste removal days.
Even better, just spread the leaves over your yard to break down and add nutrients back to your soil. Just remember, if you like to let the leaves stay, be sure to run over them with a lawn mower to mulch them so they don't cause clogged drains!