Elmhurst residents asked to help keep drains clear

Published: Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 8:32 a.m. CDT

ELMHURST – The city issued a news release asking residents for their help during the Halloween rains.

In preparation for the rain, city crews swept all of the streets that have had flooding issues in the past to clear fallen leaves that can block street inlets or drains. City crews are also on patrol to clean inlets during the rain.

The city has been using three street sweepers constantly since the leaves began falling, but heavy rain causes additional leaf drop and washes leaves into the street drains. City crews are unable to clear all of the 7,000 street inlets during storm events, so help from residents can be very beneficial.

If residents see a blocked drain, the city reccommends removing debris over the flooded inlets by standing on the curb and using a rake or pitch fork to clear debris. Residents may dispose of leaves and debris by using yard waste bags.

The city asks that residents do not remove drain grates, only the debris on top of them.

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