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Press Release

City of Tracy Prepares Residents for Wet Weather Storms

Call for Volunteers to Join the "Maintain-a-Drain" Campaign

Posted: Oct 15, 2014
Location: Tracy, Calif.

In preparation for the fall and winter seasons, the City of Tracy has begun removing debris from storm drains and channels to prevent flooding in streets and neighborhoods during rain storms and averting pollution from reaching our local waterways.  In addition, the City will also offer residents materials to protect their homes from storm-related damage beginning on November 17, 2014. A limited quantity of sandbags and plastic sheeting (per household/business within City limits) will be available for pickup at the Public Works, Boyd Service Center, 520 N. Tracy Boulevard, when inclement weather is forecasted.

The City is also calling on community volunteers to assist with keeping storm drains in their neighborhoods or business areas free of debris to prevent flooding and polluting of local waterways. Volunteers may help by joining the “Maintain-A-Drain” Campaign by contacting the Public Works Department at (209) 831-6300.  A kick-off event for volunteers interested in participating in the “Maintain-A-Drain” Campaign will be held on November 13, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Tracy City Hall, 333 Civic Center Plaza. At the event, volunteers who choose to participate will be sworn-in by City officials for their commitment to maintain a designated City storm drain, and in turn receive a kit which includes a rain poncho, leaf rake, safety vest, and plastic bags.

“By keeping community storm drains clean, volunteers can help the City focus their efforts on the most critical storm-related problems. Remember, if it is plugged, it will flood,” stated Public Works Director, David Ferguson.

 Residents can follow these helpful tips to prevent flooding in their neighborhoods:

        Check and clean private drainage systems.

        Keep leaves, debris, trash and/or lawn clippings out of storm drains or gutters.

        Place leaves and green trimmings in the brown garbage tote for bi-weekly pickup.

        Keep natural waterways free from obstructions.

        Report flooding problems to the Public Works Department at (209) 831-6300.

        Volunteer to ‘Maintain-A-Drain’.

Sandbags and plastic sheeting will be available for pick up during inclement weather conditions at the Public Works, Boyd Service Center, 520 N. Tracy Boulevard, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Gate #2, and after hours and weekends at Gate #1. 

To report a problem you may visit the City of Tracy’s website at www.thinkinsidethetriangle.com and click on the “Contact Us” link; download the “GoRequest” application on your smart phone; or contact the Public Works Department at (209) 831-6300 or via email at publicworks@ci.tracy.ca.us.

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