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East Express | October 3, 2019
FIREWORKS AT CALVIN UNIVERSITY THIS SATURDAY
Calvin University will host a fireworks display this coming Saturday, Oct. 5 at approximately 8 p.m. over the northwest corner of its campus. The 15-minute show is part of its Homecoming festivities and the entire community is invited to participate in many of the activities planned for the day. More information can be found on Calvin’s Homecoming webpage.
Removing Leaves from Catch Basins
Public Works asks residents to help clear leaves that collect on top of catch basins in streets. The leaves can create localized flooding by blocking rainwater from entering the storm sewer system. Staff members conduct routine cleaning of catch basins and remove leaves during rain events, but help from the community is always appreciated.
What can you do to help?
Clear leaves from catch basins near your home and place them in your yard waste container.
During fall leaf pickup when leaves are permitted along the curb, please keep a buffer area clear around catch basins and try to place leaves out the day before your scheduled pickup route. See additional information at the bottom of this newsletter.
What Does it Mean To Adopt a Drain?
By pledging to keep your drain free of leaves and debris, you are joining your neighbors in helping to protect the environment, manage stormwater, and minimize flooding.
How to Care For Your Adopted Drain
Check the weather report weekly. If possible, clear leaves and debris off the drain before it starts raining and shovel snow off the drain in winter to keep water flowing. Remove leaves, other natural materials, and trash. Compost if possible or dispose of them according to your community’s guidelines. Clear about 10 feet on both sides of the drain.
Drain Cleaning Safety Tips
Please stay out of the street as much as possible. Place yourself in the right of way (the area between the sidewalk and the street) to clear the drain. Always wear gloves and be careful of sharp objects!
Use a rake, broom, or shovel if possible. Never try to lift/remove the drain grate. Wear reflective clothing so vehicles can see you.