Pierce County residents can reduce flooding on county roads by picking up yard waste on their properties and making sure nearby storm drains are free of leaves.
“The potential for flooding along county roads increases as wet weather returns and leaves fall,” said Brian Ziegler, Pierce County Public Works director. “Leaves and debris can block storm drains, resulting in roadway flooding. We encourage residents to pick up yard waste and remove leaves and debris blocking neighborhood storm drains throughout the fall.”
Pierce County residents can take the following actions to keep storm drains clear:
Roadway flooding responseSignificant rainstorms may cause roadside storm drains and ditches to overflow and flood the roadway. River flooding may also affect roads. As the rain saturates the ground, there is also an increased risk of downed trees and landslides.
Pierce County road crews clear drainage systems, downed trees and landslides when possible, close roads or lanes if they are not passable, and clean drainage systems proactively to reduce flooding.
Motorists should not drive through standing water, near downed trees or utility lines, or around road closure barricades.
For information about Pierce County’s response to winter weather, visit www.piercecountywa.org/winterwise.
MEDIA CONTACTS:For information on roadway floodingBruce Wagner, Public Works road maintenance manager (253) email@example.com
For information on yard waste disposalSheryl Rhinehart, Public Works outreach coordinator (253) firstname.lastname@example.org