Fall leaves cause problem for storm drains - WNEM TV 5

Fall leaves cause problem for storm drains

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Many residents have a love/hate relationship with leaves in the fall.

"The leaves and the colors are beautiful, but it does cause a lot of work," said Josh Hoffman, assistant superintendent of Saginaw's Maintenance and Service Division.

Hoffman said the fall foliage in Mid-Michigan is picturesque, but it's what those leaves can cause on street catch basins that's the problem.

"We generally wait until fall because in the fall months where the leaves fall from the trees and all the debris end up on the road and if we don't clean these out, the streets will flood," Hoffman said.

He said a six member crew covers the entire city of Saginaw.

Those crews start at one end of town and work themselves down to the other. They clean 14,000 catch basins of leaves and debris. They do this two to three times during the fall.

Hoffman said it's not an easy task and is asking for a little bit of help from city residents.

"One of the major things that would help us out the most is do not blow your leaves out into the street. If you could please rake them up and put them in lawn bags, the city will come pick them up," Hoffman said.

He said for those residents who do clean up the curb lines, to never pick up the grates.

"Please do not life up the grates. They are very heavy, they are about 200 pounds and they will really hurt you if they fall on a finger or toe or that type of thing," Hoffman said.

He said there are many people willing to lend a hand in the clean-up and he said it helps them feel a sense of community.

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