Keep fall leaves out of gutters, storm drains, please

Now that fall has arrived, and nighttime temperatures have begun to dip into the 30s, we can expect leaves to turn and begin to fall, and I have a request for my neighbors, and for all who have tree-lined properties in Everett.

Please be thoughtful in cleaning your yards. There are a number of large maple trees in the Riverside neighborhood, and in my 33 years of living here, I’ve seen far too many people simply rake or blow these huge leaves into the gutter or street. They clog storm drains, become pulverized to the point that they can be as hazardous to driving as a dusting of snow, and make a trip to the car wash a weekly necessity.

It’s not appropriate to rely on City of Everett street sweepers to clean up your responsibility!

Greg Smith

Everett

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