Prepare for Heavy Rain - #rakethegrate

Hillsboro, OR - November 7, 2015

The National Weather Service has predicted that a series of very wet storms will be sweeping through the Northwest Oregon beginning on Thursday and extending through Sunday. The wet weather systems may cause standing water and street flooding caused by leaf-clogged storm drain grates and roadside ditches in Washington County. Residents and businesses can help manage local flooding by keeping their local storm drain grates free of leaves and debris (#rakethegrate). Recent Washington County road flooding over the Halloween weekend was predominately caused by autumn leaves clogging many of the County's 35,000 storm drains.

Clean Water Services has dispatched crews throughout its service area to inspect known problem areas and clear debris in advance of the storms. In anticipation of heavy rainfall, residents and businesses can take preventative steps to help protect against flooding.

  1. Get leaves, debris and garbage out of the street and off storm drain grates.
  2. Make sure your gutters and downspouts are clear.
  3. 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.
  4. If sandbags are needed, check the list self-serve sandbagging stations in Washington County.

Visit Clean Water Services' website or call our Leaf Line at 503.547.8116 for more information.

Everything we do at Clean Water Services aims to protect public health, while enhancing the natural environment. Combining science and nature, we clean water and return it to the Tualatin River, so it can be used again. More than 500,000 customers enjoy clean water and healthy rivers and streams as a result of our innovative water management solutions, drainage management, water-quality and stream-enhancement projects, habitat protection and more.


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Mark Jockers
Government & Public Affairs Manager
Clean Water Services
503.681.4450 (o)
503.701.4293 (m)

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