During the winter, it’s important to keep storm drains clear of ice and snow. The work really begins in autumn with the removal and proper disposal of leaves.
When leaves fall, they can collect in storm drains and cause clogs. Leaves do not compost when they sit in storm drains or go down into sewer systems. As temperatures drop and snow falls or ice accumulates, the precipitation can stick to the leaves. This can block water from going into the storm drain.
As snow and ice melt, water needs a channel to flow into to get down the storm drain. Maintaining proper drainage helps to prevent potential flooding.
If you can do so, aim to keep your storm drain clear year-round. Consider signing up for the adopt-a-storm drain program. It’s a free and easy way to promote clear storm drains and make a difference in the community. For more information, visit blm.mn/drain or call 952-563-4870.