With the combination of rainfall and fallen leaves, urban flooding is possible as a result of clogged storm drains. Mountlake Terrace city staff are encouraging residents to locate storm drains on or near their property and help keep storm and catch basin covers free of leaves and debris. Leaf debris can be disposed of with other yard waste.
In an effort to help prevent flooding, the city will increase the frequency of street sweeping beginning Oct. 29. City maintenance staff will operate the street sweeper 13 hours a day, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for a period of four to six weeks during the peak season for leaf drop. The goal of this increased effort is to clean up leaf litter and other debris before it enters into and clogs the storm drainage system.