West Seattle weather: Flood Watch alert – clear your drains!

Soon as we publish this, we’re headed out to clear that drain – since the National Weather Service has a “Flood Watch” alert in effect for tomorrow night through Sunday afternoon. That’s most critical for people near rivers, but it also means we’re likely to get drenched, and clogged drains lead to problems including swamped streets and sidewalks (see our coverage of the storm three weeks ago) – a few minutes of attention now (scoop up the leaves in the gutters, too) can make a big difference.

P.S. Here’s the forecast – breezy as well as soggy, so keep everything charged.

11 Replies to "West Seattle weather: Flood Watch alert - clear your drains!"

  • JanS October 29, 2015 (4:48 pm)

    and complain and report when you see private individuals and businesses using leaf blowers to blow leaves into the street…and then they clog the drains…

  • Mike October 29, 2015 (5:16 pm)

    Report? Really? Isn’t that a total waste of time?

  • NW October 29, 2015 (5:42 pm)

    Just swept out and contained the leaves in our storm drains down the street heads up 40th ave sw and sw Genesee could use a clean up two blocks away from us.

  • Btown viking October 29, 2015 (5:55 pm)

    JanS +1 good call haha

  • smokeycretin9 October 29, 2015 (6:12 pm)

    Leaf blowers = self entitled folks who just care that their own lawn and sidewalk look fine. Blow it into the streets, where everyone else can deal with it later.

    See also: Smokers

  • BurienPilot October 29, 2015 (6:58 pm)

    I use my leaf blower to make piles in my yard and then rake it up. Not all blower operators are irresponsible. Good for gutter cleaning too.

  • Matt S. October 29, 2015 (7:02 pm)

    Apparently you can adopt drains, name them, and help the city keep them clean. I learned this from my wife today, who cheerily took on several, named them after ninja turtles, and promptly cleaned up.

  • April October 29, 2015 (7:10 pm)

    If you’re able, please consider adopting a drain to help keep it clear and your neighborhood dry! http://www.seattle.gov/util/EnvironmentConservation/OurCity/AdoptaDrain/Adopt-a-DrainSignup/index.htm

  • NW October 29, 2015 (7:53 pm)

    All these storm drains go into puget sound either direct or eventually please pick up micro litter and rescue it from entering Puget Sound do your part I believe SPU has a total of 25 employees dedicated to storm drains we can all do our part. The storm drain I would like to see someone adopt heart of the junction ne corner of sw Alaska st and California ave sw. . Someone in the area please step up. #cigarettebutts

  • JanS October 30, 2015 (1:57 am)

    Burien Pilot…good for you…that’s the way you’re supposed to do it :)

  • JanS October 30, 2015 (2:17 am)

    Not really sure if this is true or not. I’d like to see the law in writing…


    I always laugh at the landscapers who are out there working and blowing leaves around on our windy days. Pretty much ineffective…

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