Fall is Here, and so are the Leaves

Cleaning up fallen leaves in advance of storm season helps to prevent flooding in local streets.


Submitted by Thurston County

fall autumn leavesFree Leaves Available on “First Come” Basis.

It’s that time of year again. Olympia Public Works crews are sweeping leaves from streets which are available free-of-charge for composting. For information or to be put on the delivery schedule, contact Olympia Public Works, 360.753.8333. Please leave a message, including your name, address, phone number and the amount of leaves you would like (5‐yard minimum). Names will be placed on the list on a first come/first served basis. Staff will contact you prior to delivery.

Reminder to Help Keep Storm Grates Clear.

The mix of rain and falling leaves can result in blocked storm grates, which may cause local flooding. City crews work to keep the storm system clear, but with over 6,500 drains in Olympia, we could use your help. Rake a drain – help prevent flooding. Use a garden rake or shovel to remove the debris from on top of the drain. Be sure to clear debris from the street, or it will just re-cover the drain with the next rain. As always, if you do not feel safe clearing blocked grates, call Olympia Public Works to report the situation, 360.753.8333.


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