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December, 2014
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Changes at Thurston County Superior Court

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County Benefits from “JBLM Day of Service”

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 Three Ways to Help Prevent Flooding in Your Neighborhood.

Protect your home and family.

1. Keep stormwater drains clean. Never sweep or hose leaves or landscaping materials such as beauty bark into the street or gutter. If flooding occurs in your neighborhood’s streets during heavy rain, grab a yard rake and safely clear the drain of clogging debris.

2. Keep waterways clear. The county’s Public Works Department monitors and clears ditches and culverts throughout the year, with a special emphasis on problem areas in the rainy winter months. Please remember it’s against the law (Article V of the Thurston County Sanitary Code) to dump trash, brush, Christmas trees, tires or other materials into streams, ditches or other waterways. If you know of a clogged roadside ditch or culvert in your area, please report it to Roads Maintenance at 786-5495.

3. Maintain stormwater ponds. Is there a stormwater retention pond in your neighborhood? Ponds collect and filter runoff and temporarily hold large amounts of water during storms. Perform vegetation management regularly to keep weeds and trees from overtaking the pond area, which leads to reduced capacity and clogging of inlet and outlet pipes. Branches, yard waste and litter can also clog pipes.

If performed regularly, most vegetation maintenance requires little expertise and minimal equipment. However, if you have a large pond, several ponds or one requiring extra attention, you may need more skilled labor and equipment.

For more information on stormwater facilities or to register for a free storm pond maintenance workshop, check the Thurston County Stormwater website.

Thurston County Water Resources conducts routine storm pond inspections and provides technical advice and assistance. For more information, call Cathe Linn at 867-2095.

2012 Storm Pond Maintenance Workshops: Saturday, April 21, 9:00—Noon; Saturday, September 15, 9:00—Noon; FREE. To register, please contact Chris Maun at 754-3355, ext. 6377 or at

This article appeared in the Thurston County Flood Bulletin. Full text of the Bulletin is available at the Thurston CountyEmergency Management web site.

By Keith Eisner

You can help cut down on standing water. You can help cut down on standing water.

Keep storm drains free from leaves and debris. Keep storm drains free from leaves and debris.