Autumn leaves block drains: how can you help?

Amber Alert of Wind for South West England.   The amber alert of wind for South West England, which includes Bristol,  issued by the Met office  for Monday Oct 28th   means yet more leaves in our gutters and drains.

Last year the Council issued the press statement below about leaves and drains which may be worth repeating again this year.

Could you be a drain-sweeping hero?

There’s a very simple way to be a bit of a hero this weekend. Take a broom and sweep the leaves away if they are blocking a drain in your street.

The rules are:

    • Wait until the worst weather has subsided
    • Be vigilant of traffic
    • Stay on the pavement
    • Do not bend, or step into the road
    • Remove leaves from the surface only
    • Do not lift the drain cover or try to address blocked drains.

Some drains require a professional or even a long-term engineering solution. The teams on the street have encountered many others that just needed a scrape of a boot to clear the leaves and drain the water away.

Civil Protection Manager Simon Creed said: “You sort out the problem easily enough, then more leaves fall and the problem’s back. It’s straightforward to sweep the leaves away. I think residents are unsure if they’re allowed to help. They are welcome to do so, so long as they carefully follow the advice.”

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