Collier County urges residents to clear storm debris from drains

Posted at 12:51 AM, Sep 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-30 00:51:39-04

Collier County officials are asking residents to make sure storm debris from Hurricane Irma isn’t blocking storm grates.

“We want to keep it out of the drainage areas, keep it off the sidewalks and keep it from blocking the drainage of the storm water,” said Growth Management Liaison Connie Deane.

County workers were clearing storm drains Friday, but weren’t able to get to every single one of them.

“I don’t even work for the county and I know it's going to rain all weekend, so they should know that, so why haven't they cleaned the drains out?” said Steve Nagy.

Nagy lives on Cooper Drive, he’s worried a clogged culvert on Goodlette-Frank Road is causing his street to flood.

"Two weeks prior to Irma I had 3 inches in my living room, and it was probably about knee deep in the middle of the street, said Nagy.

Residents are also being urged not to throw debris into canals or lakes.

“We’re also at the end of rainy season, so we have several more weeks of rainfall, which is going to cause flooding if those canals and swales are blocked,” said Lisa Koehler, with the South Florida Water Management District.

The county is asking residents to hold off on putting more debris on the curb.

They say debris trucks will make a second pass in neighborhoods that need it.