Storm drain debris cleanup

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Reported by: Price McKeon
Updated: 7/26/2013 6:42 pm Published: 7/26/2013 6:28 pm

Storm debris clogged storm drains around the Tulsa area after Tuesday night’s storm. The city asked neighbors to help them clean up the debris.

Jim Jamison raked pine straw and leaves out of the storm drain in front of his house in Midtown Tulsa.

Jamison said, “Everybody does take pride and I would hope in their neighborhood, in their house, and prevent flooding.”

He said helping out your neighborhood and the city is no big deal.

City spokesperson Kim MacLeod told FOX23 reporter Price McKeon on the phone the city wants the community’s help making sure neighborhood storm drains do not clog. She said if the drains are clogged, streets could flood if Tulsa gets a heavy rainstorm.

McKeon found small and large storm drains filled with debris around the Midtown neighborhood.

MacLeod said city crews are checking creeks, channels and bridges in town to make sure storm debris is not causing a major blockage.  She said people can put the leaves and twigs in a clear bag and it will be picked up during the special green waste pickup.

When McKeon asked Jamison if he would help the city, his answer was simple. He got his rake and started cleaning the drain.

He said, “I’m doing it, being a good citizen here.”

MacLeod said city crews are scheduled to start working in residential areas next week.

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