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City Leaders Encourage Homeowners To Help Clear Storm Drains In Tri-Cities

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Leaves falling all over the street is a problem seen throughout the Tri-Cities. 

The city of Richland sent out flyers to homeowners encouraging them to keep storm drains clear of debris and leaves.

KNDU Weather Expert Tim Adams said we can expect rain and wind for the next few days and city leaders said now is the time they see problems with the drains.

City leaders encourage people to keep the drains near their property clear.

They say they have crews that maintain the streets but every year there is a sudden increase when the weather changes.

Kennewick Public Works Director Peter Beaudry said helping the city clear drains near a homeowner's property could save them money in the long run.  

Beaudry said, "We try to keep their taxes low and this helps when they help themselves by doing some of this work."

He said in the city of Kennewick they spend about a million dollars to maintain the sewer system.

Leaders encouraged people to not rake or blow leaves or clippings into the street.

They said by clearing the drain with a broom or rake could prevent build up and potential flooding.

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