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Why Is It Important to Keep Storm Drains Clear?

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Falling leaves and rain means it’s time to clear the drains! City crews will be working hard to keep the storms drains clear, however, you can make a difference by removing leaves and debris from the drains in your neighborhood.

Shelton receives approximately 67 inches of rain in an average year (28 inches more than the national average of 39 inches), and all that water has to drain somewhere. Shelton’s stormwater management system is comprised of approximately 600 storm drains and 32 miles of drain lines that work to protect our community and the environment from the negative effects of runoff.

Not sure where the drains are located in your area? A map of all the storm drains within the City of Shelton is linked below. (Storm drains are labeled as "catch basins" and are marked with a small red square.)

It is important to keep water runoff under control. This is especially true where there is high water flow from parking lots or long driveways. Storm drains are meant to collect this water as well as the runoff from roofs and landscaping.

If a storm drain becomes clogged with leaves or debris, excess water can flood the property. This wastewater can easily become contaminated. Storm water management is an important part of water conservation.

If flooding is sever, or you are unable to clear a drain, please call the Public Works Department for assistance at 360-426-9731. You can report an emergency or urgent situation after normal business hours at 360-426-4441.

Why Storm Water Is Important

Storm water is any weather precipitation – heavy rains or melting snow and ice – that isn't absorbed into the ground. Storm water flowing from rooftops washes through driveways, parking lots, bare soil, lawns, gardens and many other places where there may be contaminants such as pesticides, fertilizers and household or automotive chemicals, as well as natural threats like mold and animal waste.

Storm water that can’t drain fast enough stagnates and will spread these pollutants over the property or neighborhood. Especially in time of serous rain storms, efficient drainage is essential or contaminated ground water, erosion and related health and environmental issues could result.

Especially in rural areas, storm drainage doesn’t necessarily lead to sewer pipes and water treatment plants. Often these lines simply drain into the nearest body of water, such as a lake or pond. It’s important that storm drains are properly cleaned and maintained to minimize pollution of local water sources.