TAVARES — Lake County Public Works is reminding residents to keep their storm drains clean to help minimize flooding and protect property.
Storm drains are designed to channel excess precipitation, in the form of runoff, away from the road and into the stormwater system. Blocked storm drains cannot remove enough water from the roadway, causing localized flooding. Leaves and grass clippings in stormwater runoff can also increase nutrient loading, which negatively impacts water quality in lakes and streams. Pet waste, antifreeze and oil all have the potential to be discharged to water bodies when it rains.
Citizens are asked to remember the slogan “Only rain down the storm drain” and follow these tips from Lake County and the St. Johns River Water Management District to help maintain clear storm drains.
- Keep debris out of storm drains and ditches; prevent leaves and grass clippings from entering the road and storm drain by blowing them back on the grass or bagging them.
- Clean out gutters and extend downspouts at least four feet from structures.
- Build up the ground around the home to promote drainage away from the foundation.
- Dispose of motor oil, paints, solvents, and other chemicals properly; never dump them!
- Choose appropriate ground covers and include vegetated buffers in your landscape plan.
- Report clogged ditches to local governments.
To report storm drain blockage, contact Lake County Road Operations at 352-343-6439. For more information about stormwater and water quality, contact the Lake County Stormwater Section at 352-253-9084, visit www.lakecountyfl.gov keyword: stormwater. To find local government contacts responsible for stormwater in your area, visitwww.sjrwmd.com/localgovernments/flooding/.