Storm drains clogged by fallen leaves are one of the biggest causes of street flooding, and one of the easiest to prevent. You can help prevent flooding problems in your neighborhood by disposing of leaves and yard waste properly and promptly, and by keeping streets and storm drains free from debris.
What to do with leaves:
- Use leaves as compost in your garden.
- City of Tacoma residents can place leaves in their brown yard waste container for pickup.
- Take leaves and yard waste to the Tacoma Landfill, 3510 S. Mullen St. (No additional fee for City of Tacoma solid waste customers.)
What to do about a clogged storm drain causing street flooding:
- Use a rake, broom or stick to try to clear the blockage.
- Do not wade into large puddles of water.
- If you cannot clear the blockage, or you see a storm drain that is not working properly, please report flooding problems to (253) 591-5585.
Property owners are responsible for properly disposing of leaves and yard waste, including leaves from trees in the right of way between the sidewalk and the street.
City of Tacoma surface water crews do their best to keep Tacoma’s 22,000-plus storm drains working properly. However, citizens can make a big difference in preventing street and property flooding due to clogged storm drains by picking up fallen leaves.
For more information, visit www.cityoftacoma.org/flood or call (253) 591-5585.