Seattle asks residents to clear storm drains

Jan 20, 2012

As snow and ice melt on Seattle streets, the city is asking residents to clear storm drains of slush and debris to help prevent urban flooding.

Seattle Public Utilities deployed 18 crews Friday to known trouble spots, but with 80,000 storm drains in the city they need help from neighbors.

The city says clearing storm drains is the most important thing people can do to protect their property and prevent water from pooling in the streets and causing traffic hazards.

The Weather Service says rain and the runoff from melting snow could cause urban and small stream flooding throughout Western Washington.