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City staff and Cal volunteers hit the streets on Saturday, October 18; residents and neighborhood groups urged to Adopt-A-Drain

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, October 08, 2008) - Don’t be fooled by a long, dry summer—storm season is around the corner and it’s time to make sure the storm drains are clear and won’t flood Berkeley neighborhoods.

All Storm Day is a day in October where Public Works staff and City employee volunteers pitch in to clean drains in areas that get floods in heavy rains. This designated day allows City staff to focus on problem areas and ensure that our drains are clear before the rains start. This year, City staff are being joined by student volunteers from the University of California, Berkeley who will be helping to clean out storm drains and bagging the debris.

“The work done on All Storm Day helps Berkeley in two major ways,” said Public Works Director Claudette Ford. “One, we reduce the chances of flooding in our neighborhoods and two, we keep garbage out of the San Francisco Bay.”

Residents can also help protect the Bay and their neighborhood from winter storms in several ways:

  • Adopt a Drain: The City can help individuals, families or neighborhood groups learn how to safely clean a storm drain, before, during and after storms.
  • Prepare for Winter Storms: Download a brochure to winter storm preparation by visiting http://www.CityofBerkeley.info/ContentDisplay.aspx?id=8028
  • Come help on All Storm Day! If you are interested in helping on the morning of October 18, please call Marca Lamore at 981-6620 or email publicworks@ci.berkeley.ca.us. Volunteers will meet at the Corp Yard and be dispatched across the City.
  • Keep our number handy for a rainy day! If there is a storm drain backup that you cannot clear, call Public Works customer service at 510-981-6620.

For more information about how to Adopt-A-Drain or organize a storm drain sewer stenciling project for your group, contact Josh Bradt at (510) 981-6418 or via e-mail at jbradt@ci.berkeley.ca.us.


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