Stop Whatever You Are Doing. Go Clean Some Storm Drains!

As the rain picks up again after a brief lull, there’s flooding all around town.

Colony Road (Photo/Tracy Porosoff)

Myrtle Avenue is closed from the Post Road to Church Lane. Greens Farms Road is shut at Center Street. Ditto Cross Highway, from Roseville to Hockanum.

Compo Road South (Photo/Tammy Barry)

Sure, we’ve had a lot of rain (and wind). But those gorgeous fall leaves are part of the problem too.

They’ve fallen everywhere. Including storm drains.

(Photo/Tammy Barry)

(Photo/Tammy Barry)

Whose responsibility is it to clear them?

Everyone’s.

So quit reading “06880.” Put on your foul weather gear. Grab a rake. Ask your kids to do the same.

Then go outside. Find the nearest storm drains. Clear them.

That’s what being a good neighbor — and a great Westporter — is all about.

PS: It goes without saying (at least, it should), but: When you see a flooded road, do not try to drive through. It may be deeper than you think!

14 responses to “Stop Whatever You Are Doing. Go Clean Some Storm Drains!

  1. Dan, the town workers are awesome 👌 👏 at keeping the town is shipshape!
    But isn’t this part of the job? Its the same places (Mrtyle, Cross, Beach, Shores, etc) so not like have to do all over town. Its the same places usually. Again, this many not be the towns responsibility and if so take it all back, but if it is check the radar and hit the streets!

  2. I am mindful of how things may not be all they seem. The non-tear down in which I grew up on the “new” end of Pumpkin Hill always flooded, as did our basement, after significant rains. We have pictures somewhere of folks canoeing in the street. After much effort, the neighborhood was able to get the support of the RTM to replace the 24″ storm sewers that were shown on the As Built drawings with 36″ storm sewers.

    It turned out that 18″ pipes had been laid down rather than the 24″ pipes that were required.

    Our street, and our basement, stopped flooding after the new lines were put in place, go figure.

    Lesson learned? Maybe the required drainage isn’t in place.

    • This is interesting! I was standing on the corner of where the pumpkin hill picture was taken trying to find the sewer drain to clear it. I had already cleared it twice earlier in the day. Every time a car drove by the water ran up the grass and I just gave it up trying to get to it. I may try harder to push this again with the RTM again. As I am typing this a cop car is stuck!

  3. Andrew Colabella

    203-341-1120. Public Works has jurisdiction to remove leaves and debris from basins on town public roadways. State roads, state employees are responsible. Private roads, thier problem.

    Any issues, email to publicworks@westportct.gov

    Otherwise, grab a rake/pitch fork/ flat shovel and pitch in 🤘🏻

  4. People it takes 2 seconds – just do it it will make a difference!

  5. Em I remember not so long ago the complaints about leaf blowers.. maybe this is an unfortunate side effect..
    it should most certainly be up to us all to do our part.. not like it takes much effort !
    We cannot expect leaves to miraculously disappear all on their own
    Rake, and brown bag and up and at it !
    Clear your own drains if in doubt !!!

  6. Bravo !

  7. Drain in front of my house on Sherwood Drive working, Sarge.

  8. Gillian Anderson

    Well said! This should be a regular Fall activity. Not just in the panic of an emergency.
    Prevention is far better than cure!

  9. Ahh, yes, “Westport … Naturally”…such a treasure.

  10. Cristina Negrin

    YES!

  11. YEARS AGO A FRIEND OF MINE PILED A BUNCH OF LEAVES ON HIS DRIVEWAY AND PUT A MATCH TO THEM. HIS YOUNG DAUGHTER CALLED THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. I THINK HE WAS FINED!!!!!

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