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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

City to Residents: Sweep Up Your Own Damn Leaves

Posted By on Tue, Nov 19, 2013 at 3:59 PM

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If you're anything like us, you're probably wondering: where the hell is that rain everyone keeps talking about?

Look, if you don't need an umbrella, then it's not raining.

Regardless, the fall drizzle has got everyone, including the Department of Public Works, thinking (or at least hoping) about the wet winter ahead. The city agency used the few drops of fall precipitation to politely remind everyone to sweep those fallen leaves off the sidewalk, curbside gutters and catch basins.

In other words, this isn't the time to get cozy and lazy in the living room. Grab a broom.

It's not meant to be fun. The point is to minimize the risk of flooding (just in case it does rain). The city maintains 25,000 storm drains, and when those get clogged with debris and leaves, the rainwater runoff can build up and flood nearby streets, sidewalks, and, yes, your extremely expensive home.

Stop complaining -- the city will even give some of you free compost bags, brooms, rakes, gloves, and anything else you need to make this chore that much more appealing, or at least easy.

"Not only will sweeping up leaves help prevent flooding, but by putting them into the green bin, they can be diverted from the landfill and eventually turned into rich compost for local farms and gardens," Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru said.

Best you get to work now -- the rain is coming tonight, for real this time.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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