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SLC residents asked to clear storm drains ahead of weekend rain

Street debris still remains from Sept. 9 windstorm
Posted at 1:23 PM, Sep 18, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY — With rain possible over the weekend, Salt Lake City officials are asking residents to clear debris from storm drain gates in front of their homes to avoid flooding.

A large amount of debris still remains in certain places after the Sept. 9 windstorm that toppled trees around the area.

Crews with the Department of Public Utilities continue to clean streets and remove debris from city-owned trees, but residents should look to clear the drains in areas near their homes.

“Storm drains and gutters can become blocked during a rainstorm if a large amount of debris builds up within the drainage system. This can cause localized flooding and impact water quality,” said Laura Briefer, Public Utilities Director. “After last week’s windstorm and the lack of rain in the last few months, we are asking for our residents’ help in removing any smaller items that could impact storm drain inlets and gutters in front of their homes.”

Small debris can be placed in curbside containers for collection.