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Help Prevent Flooding: Clear Drains of Leaves and Debris

October 15, 2013

For more information contact:

Ron Straka
, Surface Water Utility Engineering Supervisor, 425-430-7248
Preeti Shridhar, Deputy Public Affairs Administrator 425-430-6569

RENTON, WA: With fall just around the corner, the City of Renton is asking residents in advance to help the city prevent localized flooding in their neighborhoods. City crews work to keep storm drains clear, but with 11,500 drains in Renton, the city could use your help. With your assistance, we can keep streets safe and clear and reduce property damage.

The city offers the following tips to help prevent localized flooding:

  • Remove and properly dispose of leaves and debris.
  • Check storm drain grates frequently to make sure they are free of leaves and debris.
  • Do not remove the grate from the storm drain opening—this does not unclog the system and creates a hazard.
  • Rake leaves away from storm drains near your house or business. Do not rake or blow leaves from your property into the street. It is a violation of Renton Municipal Code and could result in a fine.
  • Dispose of leaves and yard debris in your yard waste container or compost bin. You may also set out additional yard waste bags of leaves at no cost.

If Localized Flooding Occurs
If localized flooding is severe and you are unable to clear the drain, please call the Public Works Maintenance Division at 425-430-7400. On weekends and weekdays after 4 p.m., call 9-1-1. To find out if your house is in a flood-prone area contact Gary Fink by phone at 425-430-7392 or email. For more information visit or