City Warns Residents to Keep Storm Drains Clear of Brush

One of the biggest concerns that City planners have concerning the approach of Tropical Storm Ingrid is all the rain it is expected to produce.

As a precaution, the City opened up its Emergency Operations Center on Friday afternoon for a conference call with the National Weather Service.

If all the rain from Ingrid hits, flooding is obviously going to be a concern along the Oso and many other parts of town where there are no storm drains.

City and County officials listened as the National Weather Service gave the latest predictions regarding the storm. They were told that heavy rain and flooding could be on the way as early as Sunday.

A storm hitting on the weekend could catch us while it is short on manpower, so everyone was urged to make sure that City and County workers were ready to come in and help out if needed. Most of those employees come from the fire and police departments, along with the City's Solid Waste and Street departments.

Heavy brush pickup is set to begin over the weekend for a large number of residents who live near Everhart Street. Lawrence Mikolajczyk, the City's Solid Waste Director, said for people to keep their brush away from storm drains.

"Out of the street, out of the gutter, out of the drainage system, so that way the drainage system can function as it should," Mikolajczyk said. "And brush crews are on schedule, so it is the bulky set-out period, so it's very important that we keep the drainage system free."

If it's your heavy brush set-out period, just make sure your brush pile is sitting on the edge of your yard. Also, trash pickup will still be running, and the City believes it can get its heavy trucks in and out of the landfill despite the heavy rains and lack of paved roads along some of that route through the landfill.

You are also urged to get your trash cans back up to the house, and make sure the lids are closed so they don't fill up with water.

Another thing you could do is, if you see your storm drain is blocked, go ahead and clear it, because you may end up saving yourself and your neighbors from being flooded.


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