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Storm drains receiving deep clean in anticipation of weekend storm

Keep your eyes out for San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) vehicles Friday morning, as they make their rounds across The City deep-cleaning our sewer catch basins (otherwise known as storm drains).

Sweeping drains clear is a regular chore, especially when strong winds blow leaves and trash down streets, clogging up their grates. But deep cleaning the sewer catch basins is also a standard procedure, used to help minimize flooding in the streets when big storms hit.

If you want an idea of how much work this is, consider this: the SFPUC operates and maintains more than 25,000 catch basins. Thanks to the growing Adopt-a-Drain program, they’re catching a little relief, but keeping our streets from flooding is still a full time job for many.

In addition to keeping the basins clear and preventing our streets from flooding, the deep vaccuming will also help keep the flow running along the 1,000 miles of sewer pipes that run through The City, which collect sewage and street runoff.

The best way to report issues such as localized flooding, sewage backups or clogged catch basins is to contact 311 at www.sf311.org, on the mobile app for Android and iPhone, or by calling 3-1-1.catch basinsrainsewerSFPUCstormsweather

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