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Illegal leaf disposal this fall could lead to flooding problems this spring

Post Date:11/20/2017 5:25 p.m.

RAYMORE, MO - Blowing leaves and yard debris into the street is not only illegal, but it can cause major problem down the road as those leaves can also clog stormwater drains and lead to flooding.raking-2756006_640

The City’s Public Works Department is asking that residents take precautions to prevent leaves and yard waste from entering storm sewers or storm drains. Rather than raking or blowing leaves into the street, the City’s storm water engineer encourages residents to bag up their leaves to be safely disposed of.

Storm drains channel rainwater away from the streets and into the stormwater system. When yard debris clogs storm drains, it prevents the passage of water into the stormwater system and results in street flooding and possible damage not only to the stormwater system, but also to our streams and creeks.

“It’s an issue every fall with the amount of leaves on the ground,” Code Enforcement Officer Christian Neal said. “We just don’t want anything more in the storm drains than what would naturally fall down there.”

Raymore has approximately 2,600 inlets. While the City’s Public Works Department is able to clean and inspect about 650 inlets a year, they rely on residents following city ordinances in order to keep the inlets free of debris.

Section 545.445 [A](12) of the Raymore City Ordinance states:

No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged into a natural or manmade stormwater system any waste materials, liquids, vapor, fat, gasoline, benzene, naphtha, oil or petroleum product, mud, straw, lawn clippings, tree limbs or branches, metal or plastic objects, rags, garbage or any other substance which is capable of causing an obstruction to the flow of the storm system or interfere with the proper operation of the system or which will pollute the natural creeks or waterways.

The City has yard waste pickup with normal residential trash pickup on the following Wednesdays through this year: Nov. 22, Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and Dec. 20.

 Yard waste should be placed curbside in brown paper bags (available for purchase at area home improvement stores) and branches should be tied in bundles not exceeding 40 inches in length and 18 inches in diameter. There is no bag limit for waste pickup.

Additionally, for a fee, yard waste can be dropped off at Lawn-Corps at 2008 E 171st St in Belton, where it is turned into organic compost, mulch and enriched topsoil, or at Summit Waste Systems in Lee’s Summit, where it is put into a compost operation.

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