With rain in the forecast be sure clear out your storm drain before hitting the road or snuggling in for a long weekend. Portland’s storm drains help drain storm water quickly and efficiently and keep our streets safe. But when drains get clogged with fallen leaves and other debris, it can lead to ponding water in our streets and at our intersections. That makes it harder to drive, walk, bike and roll around town. Portland Bureau of Transportation crews work hard to keep the drains clear. But with over 58,000 drains in the city, they can’t get to all of them. That’s why we’re asking Portlanders to adopt storm drains in their neighborhoods and help to keep them free and clear of leaves.
When clearing a storm drain, please keep these tips in mind:
- If possible, clear the drain before it starts raining.
- Clear about 10 feet on both sides of the drain.
- Clear from the sidewalk, not the street. Wear reflective clothing so vehicles can see you.
- Always wear gloves and be careful of sharp objects!
- Use a rake, shovel, or broom – not your hands.
- Watch out for traffic. Don’t clear drains that are in the middle of a street.
- Be careful of standing water to avoid slipping or stepping on sharp objects.
- If children are helping, make sure adults are supervising.
- Don’t try to lift storm drain grates. They are very heavy.
- Let our crews handle garbage or any hazards in the catch basin. Clear surface debris only.
If the drain is still clogged after you’ve removed the surface debris, please call Maintenance Dispatchers at 503-823-1700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to report it.
Thank you for helping keep Portland’s streets clear and safe!
By Portland Bureau of Transportation Communications