Get Ready for Rain

Get your home ready for rain and help prevent neighborhood flooding with these tips:

  • Clear leaves and yard debris off streets and storm drains.
  • Clear gutters and downspouts.
  • Keep yard debris and leaf piles away from drainage ditches and streams so that rising water does not carry the material downstream and block a culvert.

During heavy rains, Clean Water Services crews are standing by 24 hours a day at 503.547.8100 to respond to flooding problems that threaten public health, safety or property. If rising water occurs:  

  • Visit a self-serve sand station located throughout Washington County. Please call ahead to confirm hours of operation and availability of sand and bags. Please note: The sand is for FLOODING PREVENTION USE ONLY. Remember to bring your own shovel.
  • If water is more than a few inches deep, give us a call at 503.547.8100. Never stand on a storm drain or try to remove it.

Learn more about flood risk, emergency preparedness and insurance on our Flood Facts page. 

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