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Seattle Public Utilities shares tips to help prevent neighborhood flooding and offers free sandbags

What do you think? (2 Comments) December 10, 2010 at 4:19PM

From Seattle Public Utilities:

With heavy rain forecasted in Seattle this weekend, here are four tips to help you prevent localized flooding in your neighborhood:

Rake a storm drain. One of the best ways to protect your property is keeping storm drains clear of leaves and other debris. This will keep the water flowing. For a longer term solution and support from us, join the Adopt-A-Drain program.

Maintain gutters and downspouts. Clean your gutters and the drainage downspouts attached to your roof twice a year. Direct flows from downspouts away from your home, without discharging to adjacent properties.

Maintain drainage systems. Don’t put grass clippings, leaves or other debris into the drains, ditches, creeks, culverts, gutters or ravines. (In fact, it’s against the law).

Inspect your roof. Inspect for leaks or damage to rain gutters that could cause a flat roof to flood.

If you see ponding problems showing up on the streets, or if you experience backups into your house, please contact the Operations Response Center at 206-386-1800 immediately to report the problem. For life-threatening emergencies call 9-1-1. Click here to learn more.

Seattle Public Utilities also reports that free sandbags are available at the Meadowbrook Community Center (10517 35th Ave NE):

Storm season is underway and Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is offering a limited number of free, filled sandbags to households or business owners in flood-prone areas.  If you’ve experienced or come close to flooding, you may consider using sandbags.

Sandbags don’t seal out water, but can help redirect the flow of water and protect property from debris.  Sandbags must be used with caution because it is illegal to divert water to your neighboring properties.

Sandbags are heavy (they weigh about 40 pounds each), so be sure either you or someone you bring with can lift, carry and load the sandbags into your vehicle.

Contact Pat O’Brien (SPU) at 206-786-9772 to receive a sandbagging instruction sheet, or for more information about sandbags.

Update, Saturday 9:30 a.m.: The Meadowbrook Community Center is out of sandbags.

2 Responses to “Seattle Public Utilities shares tips to help prevent neighborhood flooding and offers free sandbags”

  1. Ann-Marie says:

    There are sandbags piled all along the path at Green Lake???

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, I heard that! In preparation for the Pathway of Lights, I assume. They did say “rain or shine”… (gulp)